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Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Connecticut
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Blumenthal’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him 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 Blumenthal’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 most bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal cosponsored 479 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 (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal introduced 77 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th top leader compared to Senate Democrats

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 Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Ranked 9th most liberal compared to All Senators

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 Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (16th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions had 541 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 (84th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 479 bills that Blumenthal cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).

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


 

Was 18th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Blumenthal missed 0.4% of votes (2 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Blumenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st least often compared to All Senators (tied with 10 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blumenthal introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 2620: A bill to facilitate the ...; S.Res. 302: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (27th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

7 of Blumenthal’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. 532: Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act ...; S. 1663: Robert Matava Elder Abuse Victims ...; S. 1774: Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity ...; S.Res. 193: A resolution celebrating the 50th ...; S.Res. 302: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 327: A resolution condemning violence that ...; S.Res. 581: No Vote No Recess Resolution

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Blumenthal 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 Blumenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th 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. 16 of Blumenthal’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. 730: Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure ...; S. 1904: Social Security 2100 Act; S. 1968: Business Supply Chain Transparency on ...; S. 2198: Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention ...; S. 2301: Food Labeling Modernization Act of ...; S. 2463: Strengthening Forgiveness for Public Servants ...; S. 2947: Food Date Labeling Act of ...; S. 3042: Justice for Servicemembers Act of ...; S. 3277: Remedies for Refusal of Repatriation ...; S. 3501: Improving Broadband Access for Veterans ...; S.Res. 66: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 197: A resolution recognizing the need ...; S.Res. 298: A resolution recognizing Connecticut’s Submarine ...; S.Res. 327: A resolution condemning violence that ...; S.Res. 337: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Con.Res. 12: A concurrent resolution recognizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Blumenthal supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Blumenthal 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Blumenthal cosponsored S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1176: EMPOWER Act of 2015; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (55th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Blumenthal 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: S. 1885: Veteran Housing Stability Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (15th 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

Blumenthal tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 16 of Blumenthal’s 77 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (65th 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.