Our unique analysis of the bills Bunning sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.
Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Bunning is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Bunning was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- S. 524 (108th): Fort Donelson National Battlefield Expansion Act of 2004
- S. 2238 (108th): Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenaur Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004
- S. 1768 (108th): National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2004
- S. 439 (108th): Social Security Protection Act of 2003
- H.R. 2841 (105th): To extend the time required for the construction of a hydroelectric project.
- H.R. 2778 (104th): To provide that members of the Armed Forces performing services for the peacekeeping effort in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall be entitled to certain tax ...
- H.R. 3238 (100th): A bill for the relief of Maria Linda Sy Gonzalez.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Bunning sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (34%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Taxation (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Energy (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Commerce (8%)
Some of Bunning’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4002 (111th): A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to issue expeditiously special ...
- S. 3933 (111th): Electricity Reliability Protection Act of 2010
- S.Res. 653 (111th): A resolution designating October 30, 2010, as a national day of remembrance ...
- S. 3094 (111th): A bill to allow individuals to elect to opt out of the ...
- S. 2916 (111th): A bill to provide that Internal Revenue Service Notice 2010-2 shall have ...
- S. 2816 (111th): Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act
- S. 2657 (111th): A bill to extend temporarily the suspension of duty on strontium halophosphate ...
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H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
On the Nomination PN115: Tony West, of California, to be an Assistant Attorney General
Apr 20, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 82/4.
On the Nomination PN64-9: Ronald Kirk, of Texas, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador
Mar 18, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 92/5.
On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.
From Jan 1999 to Dec 2010, Bunning missed 146 of 3,978 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congress-Legislators, a community project collecting election information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills