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Rep. Nydia Velázquez’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from New York's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Velázquez’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Velázquez’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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Velázquez cosponsored 130 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 (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Ranked the 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Velázquez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

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

Velázquez’s bills and resolutions had 51 cosponsors in the 113th 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 (4th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (14th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Velázquez held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Velázquez’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th 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. Velázquez introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1846: Lower East Side Tenement National ...; H.R. 2452: Women’s Procurement Program Equalization Act ...; H.R. 4121: Small Business Development Centers Improvement ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 4 others)

1 of Velázquez’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 27: Small Supplier Fairness in Bidding ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Velázquez missed 5.4% of votes (65 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Velázquez’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th lowest % of bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Velázquez tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7% of Velázquez’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (3rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); Safe House Seats (4th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 53rd least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 130 bills that Velázquez cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Velázquez’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 New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Velázquez introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Velázquez supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Velázquez 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Velázquez introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (51st 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.