Read our 2019 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 Feb 13, 2020. 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
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Financial Services and General Government, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittees
- Senate Committee on Finance
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Daines was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1228: PIRATE Act
- S. 528: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019
- S. 953: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 West Kent Avenue in Missoula, Montana, as the “Jeannette Rankin Post Office Building”.
- 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
Does 11 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 (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Education (5%)
Some of Daines’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Con.Res. 34: A concurrent resolution affirming the importance of religious freedom as a fundamental human ...
- S. 3139: Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act
- S. 3019: Montana Water Rights Protection Act
- S. 2965: USPS Fairness Act
- 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 ...
From Jan 2015 to Feb 2020, Daines missed 9 of 1,581 roll call votes, which is 0.6%. 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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