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Sen. Roy Blunt’s 2017 Report Card

Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair
Senior Senator from Missouri
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Blunt’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Blunt was busy being Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 Blunt’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 6th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Blunt cosponsored 163 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 Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 19 of Blunt’s 29 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Wrote the 7th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Blunt introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 438: HIRE Vets Act; S. 810: A bill to facilitate construction ...; S. 1154: Military Family Stability Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (79th percentile); All Senators (89th 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.


 

Ranked 9th most conservative 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blunt’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Blunt’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. 374: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, ...; S. 384: New Markets Tax Credit Extension ...; S. 439: Timely Mental Health for Foster ...; S. 810: A bill to facilitate construction ...; S. 1154: Military Family Stability Act; S. 1178: Vulnerable Children and Families Act ...; S. 1211: A bill to require the ...; S. 1335: Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park ...; S. 1438: Gateway Arch National Park Designation ...; S. 1823: Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness ...; S.Res. 331: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blunt introduced 10 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 374: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, ...; S. 438: HIRE Vets Act; S. 810: A bill to facilitate construction ...; S. 917: Silver Star Service Banner Day ...; S. 1154: Military Family Stability Act; S. 1438: Gateway Arch National Park Designation ...; S. 1771: Departments of Labor, Health and ...; S.Res. 135: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 151: A resolution commending the Northwest ...; S.Res. 331: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Blunt’s bills and resolutions had 184 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Republicans (75th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Blunt introduced 29 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Blunt’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 374: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, ...; S. 1823: Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness ...; S. 1889: SAFE at Home Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Blunt held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Blunt’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 163 bills that Blunt cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blunt’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Blunt missed 2.5% of votes (8 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Blunt’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Blunt supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Blunt 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.