Tom Reed’s bills

Lost emailsIt is easy for a Representative to introduce a bill, but the chance of a bill becoming law is generally very small.

By claiming credit for bills introduced, our representatives seek to mislead us. The percentages in the table below are GovTrack’s estimate of the chance the bill will become law.

  • H.R. 5393: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for required …1%
  • H.R. 5292: Disabled Public Safety Officers Fairness Act of 2014                                     2%
  • H.R. 5199: Municipal Bond Market Support Act of 2014                                                  1%
  • H.R. 5082: National Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2014                                                         3%
  • H.R. 4933: Motorsports Fairness and Permanency Act                                                    3%
  • H.R. 4857: Ensuring Equal Access to Treatments Act of 2014                                         2%
  • H.R. 4719: America Gives More Act of 2014 (passed house)                                          28%

Table I: Tom Reed’s latest bills introduced in the House

tricksAdding up the estimates for these seven bills including H.R. 4719, which has already passed the House, one finds only a 40% chance that even one of these bills will become law.  Given that the House plans to work only 40 more days this year, even this estimate seems optimistic. Yet Tom shamelessly claims credit for introducing these bills as if they had already succeeded.  Don’t be misled by that.

© William Hungerford – August 2014

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7 Responses to Tom Reed’s bills

  1. BOB McGILL says:

    but yet Tom is rated as one of the best congressmen, imagine that.


  2. whungerford says:

    Really, Bob? Who says that.


  3. Deb Meeker says:

    Although Reed introduced this bill, it appears he is loath to admit it, or even acknowledge his responsibility for it.


  4. Anne says:

    People on the Bob Planet, probably.


  5. BOB McGILL says:

    do you forget EVERYTHING or just when you’re WRONG ? We have already been over this ! 😉


  6. josephurban says:

    If Reed is one of the “best” Congressman in this Congress it simply demonstrates how low Congress has fallen. Kind of like being one of the best pimples on an adolescent’s face.


  7. Anne says:

    Like Gail Collins said in one of her recent columns, a happy electorate is an electorate with low expectations.


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