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Rep. Steve Scalise’s 2014 Report Card

House Majority Whip
Representative from Louisiana's 1st District
Republican
Serving May 7, 2008 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Scalise’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Scalise was busy being House Majority Whip, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 Scalise’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 influential cosponsors the most often compared to Louisiana Delegation

4 of Scalise’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 621: Reaffirming the commitment of the ...; H.R. 2844: Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting ...; H.R. 4304: Jumpstarting Opportunities with Bold Solutions ...; H.R. 4795: Promoting New Manufacturing Act

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Louisiana Delegation

Scalise introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 30th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 165 bills that Scalise cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (7th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 51st top leader compared to All Representatives

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scalise’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 75th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Scalise cosponsored 165 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 Louisiana Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); Safe House Seats (18th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Got the 77th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Scalise’s bills and resolutions had 458 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked 79th most conservative 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Scalise’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Scalise introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through 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. Scalise introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2844: Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting ...; H.R. 4795: Promoting New Manufacturing Act

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Scalise’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. 1571: Buffett Rule Act of 2013; H.R. 2844: Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting ...; H.R. 4064: FAIR Act of 2014

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Scalise tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 36% of Scalise’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all House Republicans (43rd percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Scalise 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 Scalise’s Profile »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Scalise missed 1.6% of votes (19 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Scalise’s Profile »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Scalise supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Scalise 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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 113th Congress) 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.

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