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Rep. Steve Israel’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Israel’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives 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 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.

 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to New York Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Israel supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Israel 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Israel sponsored H.R. 5839: Public Online Information Act of ...

Israel cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to New York Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 415 bills that Israel cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Israel’s 48 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th least often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 6 others)

3 of Israel’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: H.Res. 810: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 2260: Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act; H.R. 2699: Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Israel introduced 48 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked the 28th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Israel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 66th most bills compared to All Representatives

Israel cosponsored 415 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 (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (68th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got the 89th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Israel’s bills and resolutions had 487 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 »

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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.Res. 378: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.R. 2260: Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Israel introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 810: Expressing the sense of the ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Israel missed 3.2% of votes (42 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Israel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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

Israel 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.

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


 

Ideology Score

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 Israel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); All Representatives (26th 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); 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 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.