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Sen. Steve Daines’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Daines’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.

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 bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Daines’s 45 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Introduced the most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Daines introduced 45 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Ranked the top leader compared to Senate Sophomores

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 Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Daines’s bills and resolutions had 157 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 Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 221: A PLUS Act; S. 605: Litigation Relief for Forest Management ...; S. 697: Tax Relief for Guard and ...; S. 932: BASIC Act; S. 949: Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act; S. 1164: Stop Online Booking Scams Act ...; S. 1282: A bill to redesignate certain ...; S. 1867: FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017; S.J.Res. 29: A joint resolution providing for ...; S.J.Res. 46: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (79th percentile); All Senators (69th 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. Daines introduced 10 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 117: Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act ...; S. 490: A bill to reinstate and ...; S. 491: A bill to reinstate and ...; S. 886: DHS Acquisition Review Board Act ...; S. 1282: A bill to redesignate certain ...; S. 1847: Homeland Security for Children Act; S. 1867: FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017; S.Res. 60: A resolution designating May 5, ...; S.Res. 117: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 199: A resolution designating June 2017 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 13th most often compared to All Senators

7 of Daines’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. 886: DHS Acquisition Review Board Act ...; S. 887: DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act ...; S. 1164: Stop Online Booking Scams Act ...; S. 1282: A bill to redesignate certain ...; S. 1847: Homeland Security for Children Act; S. 1867: FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017; S.J.Res. 46: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Ranked 19th 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 Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Daines 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 Daines’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Daines supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate 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 Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Daines cosponsored 145 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 Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Daines introduced 1 bill 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. 1867: FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (49th 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.


 

Missed Votes

Daines missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Daines’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 145 bills that Daines cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).

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


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.