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Sen. Maria Cantwell’s 2016 Report Card

Junior Senator from Washington
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Cantwell’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Cantwell’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 5th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cantwell introduced 11 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1143: West Coast Dungeness Crab Management ...; S. 1623: Maritime Washington National Heritage Area ...; S. 1690: Mountains to Sound Greenway National ...; S. 1694: Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement ...; S. 2089: American Energy Innovation Act; S. 2126: Women’s Small Business Ownership Act ...; S. 2165: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2739: Spokane Tribe of Indians of ...; S. 2997: Securing Access to Networks in ...; S. 3028: Daniel J. Evans Olympic National ...; S. 3059: Marine Mammal Research and Response ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to Senate Democrats

8 of Cantwell’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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: S. 1011: STEP UP for American Small ...; S. 1046: Smart Building Acceleration Act; S. 2095: Alaskan Pollock and Golden King ...; S. 2126: Women’s Small Business Ownership Act ...; S. 2962: Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act ...; S. 2997: Securing Access to Networks in ...; S. 3237: Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act ...; S.Res. 397: A resolution supporting the recognition ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 257 bills that Cantwell cosponsored, 42% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 11th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Cantwell cosponsored 257 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 Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th bottom follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 of Cantwell’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. 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: S. 859: Crude-By-Rail Safety Act; S. 1046: Smart Building Acceleration Act; S. 1143: West Coast Dungeness Crab Management ...; S. 1193: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1304: 21st Century Energy Workforce Act; S. 1623: Maritime Washington National Heritage Area ...; S. 1680: National Multimodal Freight Policy and ...; S. 2095: Alaskan Pollock and Golden King ...; S. 2126: Women’s Small Business Ownership Act ...; S. 2373: Lymphedema Treatment Act; S. 3028: Daniel J. Evans Olympic National ...; S. 3059: Marine Mammal Research and Response ...; S. 3066: Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cantwell supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cantwell 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cantwell cosponsored S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Cantwell introduced 40 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cantwell introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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: S. 2326: Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your ...; S. 2430: Travel Facilitation and Safety Act ...; S. 3028: Daniel J. Evans Olympic National ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); All Senators (58th 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

Cantwell tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 17 of Cantwell’s 40 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cantwell’s bills and resolutions had 229 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Cantwell missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Cantwell’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.