Read our 2019 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 6, 2015 to Sep 24, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
John “Jack” Reed sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Armed Services Ranking Member
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Ex Officio
Senate Committee on Appropriations
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies subcommittees
- Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee Ranking Member
- 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: Preventing Layoffs During a Public Health Emergency Act of 2020
- S. 2997: Title VII Health Care Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019
- S. 1272: 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 Post ...
- S. 45: 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 (30%) Education (19%) Health (12%) Labor and Employment (11%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Energy (5%)
Some of Reed’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4672: A bill to reauthorize the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, ...
- S. 4361: Worker Relief and Security Act of 2020
- S. 4303: Workforce Retention Act of 2020
- S. 4237: Student Loan Fairness Act
- S. 4181: Library Stabilization Fund Act of 2020
- S. 4150: Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services Act
- S. 4053: DOE EPSCoR Modernization Act
From Jan 1997 to Sep 2020, Reed missed 38 of 7,457 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 1.8% 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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