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Sen. Steve Daines’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Daines’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 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. 170: Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity ...; S. 334: Clean Water for Rural Communities ...; S. 350: Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act ...; S. 490: B-47 Ridge Designation Act; S. 802: Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits ...; S. 900: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1114: Medicare Advantage Quality Payment Relief ...; S. 1149: Main Street Tax Certainty Act; S. 1150: Child Tax Credit for Pregnant ...; S. 1302: Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act; S. 1358: Citizens Count Census Act of ...; S. 1405: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1752: A PLUS Act; S. 1882: A bill to make available ...; S. 2029: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2229: Stop Online Booking Scams Act ...; S. 2435: BASIC Act; S. 2965: USPS Fairness Act; S.J.Res. 49: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Daines introduced 42 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 16th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Daines introduced 13 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 334: Clean Water for Rural Communities ...; S. 490: B-47 Ridge Designation Act; S. 528: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act ...; S. 900: A bill to designate the ...; S. 953: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1228: PIRATE Act; S. 1882: A bill to make available ...; S. 2108: Small County PILT Parity Act; S.Res. 144: A resolution designating May 5, ...; S.Res. 167: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 239: A resolution designating June 2019 ...; S.Res. 258: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 425: A resolution designating October 2019 ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Ranked 22nd most right (~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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 22nd most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 26 of Daines’s 42 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Daines caucused with in 2019.

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

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Laws Enacted

Daines introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 528: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act ...; S. 953: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (45th percentile); All Senators (51st 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Daines’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 74: No Work, No Pay Act ...; S. 900: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2108: Small County PILT Parity Act; S. 2407: A bill to amend title ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (51st percentile); All Senators (42nd 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 Senate Republicans (8th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Daines cosponsored 197 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 Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 197 bills that Daines cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (66th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Daines’s bills and resolutions had 202 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (57th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Daines missed 1.6% of votes (7 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Daines’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (56th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.