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Sen. Steve Daines’s 2016 Report Card

Junior Senator from Montana
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Daines’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Committee Positions

the lowest score among Senate Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Daines held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Daines’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Freshmen the lowest score (tied w/ 1) out of 13 0
2 points View All
Senate Republicans the lowest score (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators the lowest score (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Working with the House

the most bills among Senate Freshmen; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Daines’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. 493: Balanced Budget Accountability Act; S. 1103: A bill to reinstate and ...; S. 1104: A bill to extend the ...; S. 1361: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1487: Regulatory Predictability for Business Growth ...; S. 1552: Clean Water for Rural Communities ...; S. 1819: SEMPER FI Act; S. 2440: Repeal ID Act of 2016; S. 2999: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 3533: Litigation Relief for Forest Management ...; S.Res. 396: A resolution expressing the sense ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 2
11 bills View All
Senate Republicans 16th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 42nd most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

the most voting among Senate Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Daines missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Daines’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Freshmen the most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 13 0
3% missed votes View All
All Senators the most voting (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Bills Introduced

3rd most bills among Senate Freshmen

Daines introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 3rd most bills out of 13 10
46 bills View All
Senate Republicans 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 42nd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

5th most bills among Senate Freshmen

Daines cosponsored 229 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 5th most bills out of 13 94
372 bills View All
Senate Republicans 23rd most bills out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 40th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

11th worst score among Senate 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Freshmen 6th best score out of 13
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Senate Republicans 11th worst score out of 54
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All Senators 21st worst score out of 100
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

10th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 4 others

Daines tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Daines’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 1
12 bills View All
Senate Republicans 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

9th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 7 others

1 of Daines’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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: S. 3402: Stop Online Booking Scams Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 13 0
5 bills View All
Senate Republicans 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

15th most conservative among 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Freshmen 4th most conservative out of 13
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Senate Republicans 15th most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 15th most conservative out of 100
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Bills Out of Committee

16th fewest bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 3 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Daines introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1103: A bill to reinstate and ...; S. 1104: A bill to extend the ...; S. 2283: Small Business Broadband Deployment Act ...; S. 3014: Tribal Forestry Participation and Protection ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 6th most bills out of 13 1
8 bills View All
Senate Republicans 16th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 46th fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

19th most bipartisan among Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 229 bills that Daines cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Freshmen 5th most bipartisan out of 13 12
37% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 19th most bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 38th least bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

21st fewest cosponsors among All Senators; tied with 1 other

Daines’s bills and resolutions had 108 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Freshmen 5th most cosponsors out of 13 15
163 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 12th fewest cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 21st fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Government Transparency

29th least supportive among All Senators; tied with 15 others

GovTrack looked at whether Daines supported any of 22 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Daines 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Freshmen 5th most supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 13 0
7 points View All
Senate Republicans 16th most supportive (tied w/ 10) out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators 29th least supportive (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Daines introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 13 0
4 View All
Senate Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

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.

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.