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Rep. Robert “Bud” Cramer

Former Representative for Alabama’s 5th District

Cramer was the representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1991 to 2008.

Photo of Rep. Robert “Bud” Cramer [D-AL5, 1991-2008]

Enacted Legislation

Cramer was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cramer sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (23%) Government Operations and Politics (21%) Science, Technology, Communications (16%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Labor and Employment (7%) Education (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Cramer recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Cramer voted Nay

Cramer voted No

Cramer voted No

Passed 220/175 on Sep 7, 2007.

Cramer voted Yea

Passed 227/183 on Aug 4, 2007.

The Protect America Act of 2007 (PAA), (Pub.L. 110–55, 121 Stat. 552, enacted by S. 1927), is a controversial amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance …

Cramer voted Nay

Cramer voted Aye

Passed 280/142 on May 24, 2007.

The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007, (Pub.L. 110–28, 121 Stat. 112, enacted May 25, 2007), is an …

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2008, Cramer missed 326 of 11,102 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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