Ashcroft is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2000 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Ashcroft sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.
Ashcroft was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- S. 1638 (106th): A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend the retroactive eligibility dates for financial assistance for higher education for …
- S. 3015 (106th): A bill to grant the consent of Congress to the Kansas and Missouri Metropolitan Culture District Compact.
Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Ashcroft sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (25%) Law (16%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Commerce (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) International Affairs (10%) Social Welfare (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Ashcroft recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 3263 (106th): Children’s Classroom Trust Fund Act
- S. 3264 (106th): Records Access Improvements Act of 2000
- S. 3159 (106th): A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to …
- S. 3102 (106th): Putting Parents First Act
- S. 3101 (106th): Reservists Tax Relief Act of 2000
- S. 3066 (106th): Senior Care Safety Act of 2000
- S. 3061 (106th): International Consumer Safety Information Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1995 to Dec 2000, Ashcroft missed 31 of 2,203 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2000. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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