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Sen. Steve Daines’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Montana's At-Large District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Daines’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Daines’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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to House Freshmen

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Daines introduced 6 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1672: Limestone Hills Training Area Withdrawal ...; H.R. 1963: Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower ...; H.R. 2259: North Fork Watershed Protection Act ...; H.R. 3286: Protecting States, Opening National Parks ...; H.R. 4350: Northern Cheyenne Lands Act; H.R. 4508: To amend the East Bench ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (99th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd lowest % of bills compared to House Freshmen

Daines tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 14% of Daines’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all House Freshmen (3rd percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Daines’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 2991: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa ...; H.R. 3286: Protecting States, Opening National Parks ...; H.R. 4420: Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion ...; H.R. 4508: To amend the East Bench ...; H.R. 5052: Lawful Ivory Protection Act of ...; H.R. 5763: To designate the Department of ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (95th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Daines introduced 22 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (93rd percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to House Freshmen

Of the 196 bills that Daines cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Freshmen (12th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (18th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 12th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 9 others)

3 of Daines’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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: H.R. 1672: Limestone Hills Training Area Withdrawal ...; H.R. 2259: North Fork Watershed Protection Act ...; H.R. 3286: Protecting States, Opening National Parks ...

Compare to all House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Ranked 18th most conservative compared to House Freshmen

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Ranked the 51st bottom follower compared to House Republicans

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Got the 52nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Daines’s bills and resolutions had 95 cosponsors in the 113th 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 House Freshmen (36th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (24th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Was 70th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Daines missed 0.8% of votes (10 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Daines’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (26th percentile); Safe House Seats (16th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Laws Enacted

Daines introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Cosponsored

Daines cosponsored 196 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 House Freshmen (27th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Daines held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Daines’s Profile »

Compare to all House Freshmen (76th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Daines supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Daines 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (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 the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.