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Rep. Grace Meng’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from New York's 6th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Meng’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Meng’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen

Meng missed 6.0% of votes (72 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Meng’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th lowest % of bills compared to New York Delegation

Meng tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 24% of Meng’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Meng’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 238: Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); House Freshmen (37th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Got the 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New York Delegation

Meng’s bills and resolutions had 144 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Ranked 8th most liberal compared to House Freshmen

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Meng’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); House Freshmen (8th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Meng introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3222: Flushing Remonstrance Study Act; H.R. 3670: Anti-Spoofing Act of 2014; H.R. 4028: To amend the International Religious ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Freshmen (90th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 4 others)

Meng introduced 17 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); House Freshmen (83rd percentile); House Democrats (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Meng’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 200: Reaffirming the United States’ commitment ...; H.R. 3670: Anti-Spoofing Act of 2014

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Meng held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Meng’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); House Freshmen (76th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 313 bills that Meng cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); House Freshmen (58th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Bills Cosponsored

Meng cosponsored 313 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Meng introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 4028: To amend the International Religious ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Meng supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Meng 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Meng’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.