The InsideGov,com website is a treasure trove of information about all-things-US-government. It collects data from many on-line sources, organizes it in a user-friendly system, and often analyzes it to give a unique perspective.
For example they researched congressional voting records and focused on the bills each member sponsored. They followed the bills through the legislative process. Only four percent of proposed bills or resolutions make it through the committees, floor fights, procedural votes and filibusters and vetoes, and are signed into law. InsideGov, wanting to find a way to rate Congress members on how effective their legislation proposals are, looks at the number of proposals that survives the committee part of the legislative process.
For Representatives from New York State, retiring congressman Richard Hanna (R-22) has the highest Effectiveness Score (percent of the bills he sponsored make through the committee process). He has served since 2011, sponsored 33 bills, and had 24% (eight) of them approved by their particular committee(s). Chris Collins (R-27) is the second most effective in proposing Bills, with 19% (four) of his 21 proposals receiving committee approval.
Where does our representative, Tom Reed stand on the NYS list? Reed’s Effectiveness Score ranks him 16th out of 22 NYS representatives. He authored (or should I say his staff authored) 91 proposals since he became a congressman in 2010. Only 5 of Reed’s Bills has survived the committee process. That makes his Effectiveness Score only 6%. He is the least effective republican representative from New York! Reed’s five proposals that survived the committee scrutiny were:
- H.R. 2996: Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014,
- H.R. 4719: America Gives More Act of 2014,
- H.R. 606: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 815 County Road 23 in Tyrone, New York, as the “Specialist Christopher Scott Post Office Building”
- H.R. 3765: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 198 Baker Street in Corning, New York, as the “Specialist Ryan P. Jayne Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
Please note that the last three on the list were signed into law.
You may have noticed that 94% of his proposals went nowhere. By writing a large number of proposals, Rep. Reed can promote these Bills to the constituents of the NY23rd, suggesting that he is supporting for issue important to blocks of district voters. Here are examples of the bills that have been by-passed by their committee:
- H.R. 3591: Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act showed that Reed really cares about your safety, but the Bill had only 1 co-sponsor and is sitting in the committee.
- H.R. 3037: Hospice Care Access Improvement Act of 2015 with 4 co-sponsors. Again Reed can talk about the Act at Town Hall meetings, have a photo-op at a Hospice, etc. A fine talking point, but the proposal is going nowhere.
- H.R. 2511: School Attendance Improves Lives Act of 2015 with 1 co-sponsor. This Act cuts SSI benefits to families with disabled children aged 16 or 17 if they have poor school attendance. Although this bill reinforces stereotypes of irresponsible parents who are receiving public assistance, Rep. Reed promotes it as being motivational for families.
- H.R. 2382: To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize a parent to opt their child out of participation in certain assessments required under such Act. The May 2015 proposed bill is a blatant attempt to court Common Core upset parents. This bill has 2 co-sponsors.
You can see all of Rep. Reed’s proposed Bills here.
The first goal of politics is to get in power, and the second is to stay in power. Rep. Reed plays the political power game well. Our Congressman is an ineffective member of Congress, which has an approval rating of 17%.
We deserve beter.