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Rep. Kathleen Rice’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from New York's 4th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Rice’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Rice’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the most often compared to New York Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 270 bills that Rice cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New York Delegation

Rice’s bills and resolutions had 45 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (4th percentile); House Sophomores (19th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Rice introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); House Sophomores (35th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rice introduced 4 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 974: BRAVE Act; H.R. 1353: Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act ...; H.R. 2433: Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists ...; H.R. 2805: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to House Sophomores

Rice cosponsored 270 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 (59th percentile); House Sophomores (82nd percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Rice missed 1.5% of votes (11 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Rice’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); House Sophomores (58th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Rice 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 Rice’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rice supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rice 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Rice cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Rice’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.Res. 622: Supporting the designation of the ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Rice’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. 974: BRAVE Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Rice introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 2805: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (79th 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. 5 of Rice’s 9 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); House Sophomores (63rd percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.