Lacy Clay Committee Assignments 113th

Analysis

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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Clay is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

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Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Lacy Clay Jr. sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Clay was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Clay sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (29%)Government Operations and Politics (24%)Finance and Financial Sector (19%)Health (10%)Crime and Law Enforcement (10%)Environmental Protection (10%)

Recent Bills

Some of Clay’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Clay’s VoteVote Description
Aye H.R. 1599: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
Jul 23, 2015. Passed 275/150.
This bill was enacted as S. 764. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the distribution and labeling related to bioengineered foods (often referred to as genetically modified foods or GMOs). It would ...
No H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Aye H.R. 2596: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Jun 16, 2015. Passed 247/178.
The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for intelligence-related agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was passed ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Mar 2018, Clay missed 762 of 11,908 roll call votes, which is 6.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2001 Jan-Mar7500.0%0th
2001 Apr-Jun13543.0%61st
2001 Jul-Sep14942.7%62nd
2001 Oct-Dec153138.5%91st
2002 Jan-Mar79911.4%88th
2002 Apr-Jun2033316.3%97th
2002 Jul-Sep1412014.2%93rd
2002 Oct-Nov611524.6%98th
2003 Jan-Mar9488.5%90th
2003 Apr-Jun239114.6%80th
2003 Jul-Sep1932110.9%93rd
2003 Oct-Dec1513724.5%99th
2004 Jan-Mar1041615.4%93rd
2004 Apr-Jun221198.6%89th
2004 Jul-Sep1612515.5%92nd
2004 Oct-Dec581322.4%96th
2005 Jan-Mar901112.2%95th
2005 Apr-Jun2722910.7%94th
2005 Jul-Sep146149.6%93rd
2005 Oct-Dec1632012.3%94th
2006 Jan-Mar8178.6%88th
2006 Apr-Jun276134.7%80th
2006 Jul-Sep159106.3%86th
2006 Nov-Dec27311.1%78th
2007 Jan-Mar21341.9%54th
2007 Apr-Jun393225.6%88th
2007 Jul-Sep317319.8%97th
2007 Oct-Dec26383.0%53rd
2008 Jan-Mar14964.0%57th
2008 Apr-Jun32141.2%23rd
2008 Jul-Sep20594.4%67th
2008 Oct-Dec15320.0%92nd
2009 Jan-Mar17474.0%75th
2009 Apr-Jun30382.6%58th
2009 Jul-Sep268114.1%80th
2009 Oct-Dec246187.3%84th
2010 Jan-Mar1952110.8%92nd
2010 Apr-Jun219156.8%81st
2010 Jul-Sep15132.0%50th
2010 Nov-Dec9988.1%75th
2011 Jan-Mar21252.4%73rd
2011 Apr-Jun281113.9%82nd
2011 Jul-Sep247104.0%79th
2011 Oct-Dec20852.4%57th
2012 Jan-Mar151106.6%83rd
2012 Apr-Jun299299.7%91st
2012 Jul-Sep15200.0%0th
2012 Nov-Dec5135.9%71st
2013 Jan-Jan5120.0%96th
2013 Jan-Mar8900.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun21562.8%64th
2013 Jul-Sep20073.5%74th
2013 Oct-Dec1371712.4%95th
2014 Jan-Mar14864.1%71st
2014 Apr-Jun2192812.8%93rd
2014 Jul-Sep147106.8%87th
2014 Nov-Dec4936.1%85th
2015 Jan-Mar14432.1%50th
2015 Apr-Jun244135.3%86th
2015 Jul-Sep13932.2%64th
2015 Oct-Dec17731.7%61st
2016 Jan-Mar13732.2%44th
2016 Apr-Jun20452.5%57th
2016 Jul-Sep232156.5%90th
2016 Nov-Dec4824.2%73rd
2017 Jan-Mar20852.4%67th
2017 Apr-Jun13642.9%68th
2017 Jul-Sep19931.5%63rd
2017 Oct-Dec16774.2%76th
2018 Jan-Mar1011211.9%90th

Primary Sources

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Lacy Clay Jr. is pronounced:

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The One Hundred Thirteenth United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, from January 3, 2013, to January 3, 2015, during the fifth and sixth years of Barack Obama's presidency. It was composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives based on the results of the 2012 Senate elections and the 2012 House elections. The seats in the House were apportioned based on the 2010 United States Census. It first met in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 2013, and it ended on January 3, 2015. Senators elected to regular terms in 2008 were in the last two years of those terms during this Congress.

The Senate had a Democratic majority, while the House had a Republican majority. Widespread public dissatisfaction with the institution increased over its second year,[1][2][3][4] and some commentators have ranked it among the worst in United States congressional history, until 2017. According to a Gallup Poll released in August 2014, the 113th Congress had the highest disapproval rating of any Congress since 1974, when data first started being collected: 83% of Americans surveyed said that they disapproved of the job Congress was doing, while only 13% said that they approved.[5][6] In October 2013, during the government shutdown, this decreased to 10% approval according to several polls.[citation needed]

Major events[edit]

Main articles: 2013 in the United States, 2014 in the United States, and 2015 in the United States

  • January 3, 2013: Election of Speaker. Incumbent Speaker John Boehner was re-elected despite the largest number of defections in the vote for speaker since at least 1991.[8]
  • January 4, 2013: Joint session to count the Electoral College votes for the 2012 presidential election.[9]
  • January 20–21, 2013: Second inauguration of PresidentBarack Obama and Vice PresidentJoe Biden.[10] The terms began January 20, but because that was a Sunday, the Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies scheduled the inauguration ceremony for the next day.[10]
  • February 12, 2013: Joint session to hear the 2013 State of the Union Address.
  • March 6–7, 2013: Senator Rand Paul led a filibuster of the nomination of John O. Brennan for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency with a 12-hour, 52-minute speech.
  • June 5, 2013: The first media reports of Edward Snowden's surveillance disclosures surfaced in the media.[11]
  • June 25, 2013: The Supreme Court struck down section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Shelby County v. Holder, ending the need for some counties and states to receive "preclearance" from the Justice Department before changing election laws.
  • June 26, 2013: The Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, forcing the federal government to acknowledge same-sex marriages granted under the laws of states.
  • July 16, 2013: The Senate reached a deal to allow some presidential nominations to come to a vote, avoiding the "Nuclear option" for filibuster reform.[12]
  • September 24–25, 2013: Senator Ted Cruz delivered a 21-hour, 19-minute speech, one of the longest in Senate history, in opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Cruz's speech was not a filibuster, as it delayed no vote.[13]
  • October 1–17, 2013: The United States federal government was shut down as most routine operations were curtailed after Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014, or a continuing resolution for the interim authorization of appropriations for fiscal year 2014.
  • October 3, 2013: United States Capitol shooting incident
  • November 21, 2013: In a 52–48 vote, the Senate ended the use of the filibuster on all executive branch nominees, as well as on most judicial nominees. The filibuster remained in place for Supreme Court nominees and for legislation.[14]
  • November 4, 2014: United States elections, 2014, including United States Senate elections, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014.

Major legislation[edit]

Enacted[edit]

Main article: Acts of the 113th United States Congress

  • March 7, 2013: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Pub.L. 113–4
  • March 13, 2013: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013, Pub.L. 113–5
  • March 26, 2013: 2013 United States federal budget (as Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013), Pub.L. 113–6
  • June 3, 2013: Stolen Valor Act of 2013, Pub.L. 113–12
  • August 9, 2013: Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, Pub.L. 113–23
  • August 9, 2013: Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, Pub.L. 113–28
  • September 30, 2013: Pay Our Military Act, Pub.L. 113–39
  • November 27, 2013: Drug Quality and Security Act, Pub.L. 113–54
  • December 26, 2013: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, Pub.L. 113–66
  • January 17, 2014: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Pub.L. 113–76
  • February 7, 2014: Agricultural Act of 2014, Pub.L. 113–79
  • March 21, 2014: Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, Pub.L. 113–89
  • April 3, 2014: Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, Pub.L. 113–94
  • April 3, 2014: Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014, Pub.L. 113–95
  • May 9, 2014: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA), Pub.L. 113–101
  • May 20, 2014: Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act, Pub.L. 113–104
  • June 10, 2014: Water Resources Reform and Development Act, Pub.L. 113–121
  • July 23, 2014: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Pub.L. 113–128
  • August 1, 2014: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, Pub.L. 113–144
  • August 7, 2014: Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, Pub.L. 113–146
  • September 29, 2014: Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, Pub.L. 113–183
  • October 6, 2014: IMPACT Act of 2014, Pub.L. 113–185
  • November 26, 2014: Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014, Pub.L. 113–187
  • November 26, 2014: Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014, Pub.L. 113–188
  • December 18, 2014: Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013, Pub.L. 113–242
  • December 18, 2014: Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, Pub.L. 113–245
  • December 18, 2014: American Savings Promotion Act, Pub.L. 113–251
  • December 18, 2014: Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act, Pub.L. 113–252
  • December 18, 2014: EPS Service Parts Act of 2014Pub.L. 113–263
  • December 18, 2014: Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014, Pub.L. 113–278
  • December 18, 2014: Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014, Pub.L. 113–279

Proposed[edit]

Main article: List of bills in the 113th United States Congress

Appropriations bills[edit]

Fiscal year 2014[edit]

Fiscal year 2014 runs from October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014.[15]

Fiscal year 2015[edit]

Main article: 2015 United States federal appropriations

Fiscal year 2015 runs from October 1, 2014, to September 20, 2015.[15]

  • Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4800) - considered in the House on June 11, 2014.[16] The bill would appropriate $20.9 billion.[17]
  • Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4660) - passed the House on May 30, 2014.[18] The total amount of money appropriated in the bill was $51.2 billion, approximately $400 million less than fiscal year 2014.[19]
  • Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 - considered in the House on June 18, 2014. The bill would provide funding of approximately $491 billion.[20]
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4923; 113th Congress) (H.R. 4923) - The bill would appropriate $34 billion to the United States Department of Energy, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and related agencies.[21]
  • Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4487) - passed in the House on May 1, 2014.[22] The bill would appropriate $3.3 billion to the legislative branch for FY 2015.[23]
  • Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4486) - passed the House on April 30, 2014.[24] The total amount appropriated by the introduced version of the bill is $71.5 billion.[23]
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4745 or "THUD") - passed the House on June 10, 2014.[25] The bill would appropriate $17 billion to the Department of Transportation and $40.3 billion to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.[26]

Party summary[edit]

Resignations and new members are discussed in the "Changes in membership" section, below.

Senate[edit]

Party

(Shading indicates majority caucus)

TotalVacant
DemocraticIndependentRepublican
End of previous Congress512471000
Begin532451000
June 3, 201352991
June 6, 2013461000
October 31, 20135345
February 6, 201452991
February 9, 2014531000
Final voting share7001550000000000000♠55%7001450000000000000♠45%
Beginning of the next Congress442541000

House of Representatives[edit]

Party

(Shading indicates majority caucus)

TotalVacant
DemocraticRepublican
End of previous Congress1912404314
Begin2002334332
January 22, 20132324323
April 9, 20132014332
May 7, 20132334341
June 4, 20132344350
July 15, 20132004341
August 2, 20132334332
September 26, 20132324323
October 18, 20132314314
November 16, 20132324323
December 10, 20132014332
December 17, 20132334341
January 6, 20142004332
January 27, 20142324323
February 18, 20141994314
March 11, 20142334323
June 24, 20142344332
August 18, 20142334323
November 4, 20142012344350
Final voting share7001462000000000000♠46.2%7001538000000000000♠53.8%
Non-voting members6060
Beginning of the next Congress1882474350

Leadership[edit]

Section contents:Senate: Majority (D), Minority (R) • House: Majority (R), Minority (D)

Senate[edit]

Majority (Democratic) leadership[edit]

Minority (Republican) leadership[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Majority (Republican) leadership[edit]

  • Majority Leader: Eric Cantor, until August 1, 2014
  • Majority Whip: Kevin McCarthy, until August 1, 2014
  • Majority Chief Deputy Whip: Peter Roskam, until August 1, 2014
  • Conference Chair: Cathy McMorris Rodgers
  • Conference Vice-Chair: Lynn Jenkins
  • Conference Secretary: Virginia Foxx
  • Campaign Committee Chairman: Greg Walden
  • Policy Committee Chairman: James Lankford
  • Campaign Committee Deputy Chairman: Lynn Westmoreland

Minority (Democratic) leadership[edit]

  • Minority Leader: Nancy Pelosi
  • Minority Whip: Steny Hoyer
  • Assistant Democratic Leader: Jim Clyburn
  • Caucus Chairman: Xavier Becerra
  • Caucus Vice-Chairman: Joseph Crowley
  • Campaign Committee Chairman: Steve Israel
  • Steering and Policy Committee Co-Chairs: Rosa DeLauro (Steering) and Rob Andrews (Policy, until February 18, 2014); George Miller (Policy, from March 24, 2014)
  • Organization, Study, and Review Chairman: Mike Capuano
  • Senior Chief Deputy Minority Whip: John Lewis
  • Chief Deputy Minority Whips: Terri Sewell, Keith Ellison, Jim Matheson, Ben R. Luján, Jan Schakowsky, Diana DeGette, G. K. Butterfield, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Peter Welch

Members[edit]

Senate[edit]

Senators are listed by state, and the numbers refer to their Senate classes, In this Congress, Class 2 meant their term ended with this Congress, requiring re-election in 2014; Class 3 meant their term began in the last Congress, requiring re-election in 2016; and Class 1 meant their term began in this Congress, requiring re-election in 2018.

Final Senate Membership
     53 Democrats

     45 Republicans


     2 Independents, caucusing with Democrats

Final House Membership
     201 Democrats

     234 Republicans

Speaker of the House

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