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Rep. Joseph Morelle’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from New York's 25th District
Democrat
Serving Nov 13, 2018 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Morelle’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 2nd most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Morelle introduced 10 bills in the 116th Congress 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.Res. 1028: Providing for consideration of the …; H.Res. 1224: Providing for consideration of the …; H.R. 540: To designate the facility of …

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); House Freshmen (97th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got the 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New York Delegation

Morelle’s bills and resolutions had 339 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. 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 (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (74th percentile); House Democrats (36th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th bottom/follower compared to New York Delegation

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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Morelle’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 6 others)

1 of Morelle’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress 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 (4th percentile); House Freshmen (16th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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 …; H.R. 7649: Jobs to Fight COVID–19 Act …; H.R. 8745: Innovation Centers Acceleration Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (85th percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 16th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Morelle introduced 30 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); House Freshmen (80th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Ranked 20th most politically left 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Morelle’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); House Freshmen (20th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

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

Of the 520 bills that Morelle cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); House Freshmen (21st percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).

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


 

Was 21st most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Morelle missed 2.5% of votes (24 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Morelle’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (70th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Cosponsored the 24th most bills compared to House Freshmen

Morelle cosponsored 520 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 (48th percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Morelle introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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 (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (41st percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Morelle’s 30 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Morelle caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (57th percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

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 (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (68th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 the 116th Congress) 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.