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Rep. Joseph Morelle’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from New York's 25th District
Democrat
Serving Nov 13, 2018 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Morelle’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Morelle’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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to House Freshmen

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Morelle introduced 8 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 61: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 105: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 294: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 492: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 591: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 748: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 765: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 540: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Freshmen (99th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

1 of Morelle’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 540: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (8th percentile); House Freshmen (24th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to House Freshmen

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Morelle’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. 1583: Senior and Disability Home Modification ...; H.R. 2184: Reach Every Veteran in Crisis ...; H.R. 2928: DELIVER Act of 2019; H.R. 3667: Summer Meals and Learning Act ...; H.R. 5313: Multifamily Depreciation Parity Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Democrats (75th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Morelle introduced 18 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (35th percentile); House Freshmen (92nd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Freshmen

Morelle’s bills and resolutions had 210 cosponsors in 2019. 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 New York Delegation (23rd percentile); House Freshmen (86th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th top leader compared to House Freshmen

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Morelle’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (23rd percentile); House Freshmen (85th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 15th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 8 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Morelle’s 18 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Morelle caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all New York Delegation (31st percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked 19th most left (~liberal) compared to House Freshmen

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Morelle’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (50th percentile); House Freshmen (20th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st least often compared to House Freshmen

Of the 302 bills that Morelle cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (46th percentile); House Freshmen (22nd percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Morelle introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 540: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (54th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Committee Positions

Morelle held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Morelle’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (31st percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Morelle cosponsored 302 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 New York Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (70th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Morelle missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Morelle’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (31st percentile); House Freshmen (49th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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.


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.