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Rep. Henry Cuellar’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 28th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Cuellar’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Cuellar’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 115 bills that Cuellar cosponsored, 67% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cuellar introduced 5 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1207: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1208: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1209: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1210: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1211: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th most bills compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Cuellar’s 8 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Cuellar cosponsored 115 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 Texas Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 7 others)

1 of Cuellar’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.R. 1567: United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Cuellar missed 1.5% of votes (11 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Cuellar’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Representatives (45th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Cuellar’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. 4434: Fix NICS Act of 2017

Compare to all Texas Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Cuellar’s bills and resolutions had 188 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Texas Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cuellar supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cuellar 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Cuellar introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cuellar introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.