Read our 2020 Report Card for Reed.
Reed is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate 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 Reed has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to May 13, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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John “Jack” Reed sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Armed Services Chair
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Ex Officio
Senate Committee on Appropriations
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Defense, Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittees
- Legislative Branch subcommittee Chair
- Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Reed was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3496 (116th): Preventing Layoffs During a Public Health Emergency Act of 2020
- S. 2997 (116th): Title VII Health Care Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019
- S. 1272 (116th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 575 Dexter Street in Central Falls, Rhode Island, as the “Elizabeth Buffum Chace ...
- S. 45 (116th): Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic River Act
- S. 3530 (115th): Museum and Library Services Act of 2018
- S. 3414 (115th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 20 Ferry Road in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, as the “Captain Matthew J. August ...
- S. 292 (115th): Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018
Does 25 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).
Reed sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (25%) Education (21%) Health (14%) Labor and Employment (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Taxation (6%) Housing and Community Development (6%)
Some of Reed’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1474: A bill to reaffirm the importance of workers.
- S.Res. 177: A resolution designating April 2021 as “Financial Literacy Month”.
- S. 1343: A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to require that a ...
- S. 1126: Strengthening Research in Adult Education Act
- S. 907: Rhode Island Fishermen’s Fairness Act of 2021
- S. 808: Cybersecurity Disclosure Act of 2021
- S. 566: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located ...
From Jan 1997 to May 2021, Reed missed 38 of 7,745 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. 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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