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Rep. Nydia Velázquez’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from New York's 7th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Velázquez’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 0 of Velázquez’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Velázquez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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 (74th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 2 others)

2 of Velázquez’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: H.R. 3467: Together We Care Act of ...; H.R. 3610: Puerto Rico Investor Protection Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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

Those bills were: H.R. 207: Developing the Next Generation of ...; H.R. 208: RISE After Disaster Act of ...; H.R. 5322: U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

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

Velázquez’s bills and resolutions had 100 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 New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 5 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 5322: U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 6th least oftenn compared to New York Delegation (tied with 4 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Velázquez supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Velázquez 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Velázquez cosponsored H.R. 6340: Presidential Accountability Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 28th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 285 bills that Velázquez cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Velázquez introduced 1 bill 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: H.R. 208: RISE After Disaster Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Velázquez introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Velázquez cosponsored 285 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 (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Velázquez missed 1.7% of votes (22 of 1,320 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Velázquez’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); All Representatives (41st 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.