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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 25th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Diaz-Balart’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives 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 Diaz-Balart’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Diaz-Balart tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Diaz-Balart’s 5 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation

Diaz-Balart cosponsored 153 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 Florida Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Got the 6th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Florida Delegation

Diaz-Balart’s bills and resolutions had 115 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 Florida Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Introduced the 16th fewest bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

Diaz-Balart introduced 5 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 26th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 153 bills that Diaz-Balart cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Diaz-Balart introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2577: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and ...; H.R. 3892: Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act ...; H.R. 5394: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Diaz-Balart’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.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Diaz-Balart 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 Diaz-Balart’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Diaz-Balart’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.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Diaz-Balart supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Diaz-Balart 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Diaz-Balart introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Missed Votes

Diaz-Balart missed 2.3% of votes (30 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Diaz-Balart’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); All Representatives (50th 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 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.