Read our 2018 Report Card for Daines.
Daines is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Daines has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 4, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Steve Daines sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Member, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Senate Committee on Finance
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Daines was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 528: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019
- S. 490: A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam.
- S. 3071: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2019
- S. 1282: A bill to redesignate certain clinics of the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Montana.
- S. 117: Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act of 2017
- S. 1867: FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017
- S. 1268: Child Protection and Family Support Act of 2017
Does 9 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).
Daines sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (23%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Taxation (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Health (11%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Energy (6%)
Some of Daines’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2965: A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to repeal the requirement ...
- S.Res. 425: A resolution designating October 2019 as “National Down Syndrome Awareness Month” and supporting ...
- S. 2435: BASIC Act
- S. 2407: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide criminal penalties ...
- S.Res. 289: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that socialism poses a significant ...
- S. 2229: Stop Online Booking Scams Act of 2019
- S. 2108: Small County PILT Parity Act
From Jan 2015 to Dec 2019, Daines missed 8 of 1,486 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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