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Rep. Steve Israel’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from New York's 3rd District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These year-end statistics cover Israel’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Israel’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 New York Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Israel’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. 1640: Cyber Warrior Act of 2013; H.R. 2174: Long Island Sound Restoration and ...; H.R. 2364: Freedom from Discrimination in Credit ...; H.R. 2595: American Parks American Products Act; H.R. 2887: To amend the Robert T. ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 57% of Israel’s 23 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all New York Delegation (57th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 13th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

6 of Israel’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.Res. 301: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 515: Parental Bereavement Act of 2013; H.R. 1474: Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act; H.R. 2174: Long Island Sound Restoration and ...; H.R. 2797: Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund Act ...; H.R. 3643: Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Introduced the 25th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Israel introduced 23 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Israel missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Israel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (20th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 34th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 236 bills that Israel cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 36th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Israel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Got the 38th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Israel’s bills and resolutions had 238 cosponsors in 2013. 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 New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 62nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Israel cosponsored 236 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 New York Delegation (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Ranked 65th most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Israel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Israel introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Israel introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Israel 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. View Israel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Israel supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Israel 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Israel cosponsored H.R. 1380: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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 2013) 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.