AOC is labeled as “ one of the least effective members of Congress ” in study after its bills received no action in committees and no votes on the ground
- While AOC has submitted 21 “ substantial ” bills to Congress, its legislation has not progressed further, according to the Center of Effective Lawmaking.
- None of the legislation got action in committees, votes on the ground, and did not become law
- Ocasio-Cortez was ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats across the country and last of 19 in New York State
- Workers insiders from Democratic House members say many of AOC’s colleagues find her alienating
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was one of the least effective members of the last Congress, according to a study of a non-partisan group.
While AOC submitted 21 “substantial” bills to Congress, its legislation came no further, according to the Center of Effective Lawmaking – a joint project between Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia.
None of the legislation got action in committees, votes on the ground, nor did it become law, according to data collected from Congress.gov.
Ocasio-Cortez ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats across the country and was the last of 19 in New York State.
While AOC has submitted 21 “ substantial ” bills to Congress, its legislation has not progressed further, according to the Center of Effective Lawmaking.
‘She’s put in a lot of bills, but she couldn’t get them to get any kind of action in committee or out of committee and if they can’t get through committee they can’t pass the House,’ Alan Wiseman, a political scientist at Vanderbilt and co-director of the center, explained to the New York Post
He added: ‘It is clear that she was trying to get her legislative agenda moving and be a part of the legislative process. But she was not as successful as some of the other members – even among them [other] freshman – to get people to watch her legislation. ‘
Bills that failed for AOC included its federal public housing overhaul, a ban on fracking, and a mandate to provide full federal government benefits to undocumented immigrants.
Workers insiders from Democratic House members say many of AOC’s colleagues find her alienating, the Post said.
Ocasio-Cortez was ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats across the country and last of 19 in New York State
Tweeting is easy, controlling is difficult. You must have friends. You have to understand the commission process, you have to be willing to make sacrifices, ”said an insider. “Her first day in Congress … she decided to protest outside Nancy Pelosi’s office.”
Another said that for AOC ‘legislation was never her focus. It was media and narrative. ‘
The Center of Effective Lawmaking ranked the effectiveness of lawmakers based on 15 different metrics, including how many bills they sponsored, how far they’ve progressed through Congress, and how “ significant ” the bill is, according to USA Today
The study found that the most effective House Democrat was New York’s Nita Lowey, who sponsored 30 bills, 14 of which the House approved and seven of which became law during the 116th Congress.
Lowey, who retired after the 116th Congress, chaired the credit committee.
The most effective House Republican was Texan Michael McCaul, who introduced 24 bills, 10 of which passed the House and two became law.
In the Senate, Michigan Democrat Gary Peters and Florida Republican Marco Rubio were the most effective for their respective parties, according to the data.
Rubio, who chaired the Senate Small Business Committee, submitted 107 bills, ten of which were passed by the Senate and six of which became law.
Peters submitted 86 bills, 14 of which passed the Senate despite Democrats being in the minority, and ten became law.
The Center of Effective Lawmaking noted that this exceeded the previous record of seven laws by a senator from a minority party.
“Most Effective” Members of Congress
Most Effective House Democrats:
- Nita Lowey, New York
- Peter DeFazio, Oregon
- Carolyn Maloney, New York
- Frank Pallone, New Jersey
- Mark Takano, California
Most Effective House Republicans:
- Michael McCaul, Texas
- Chris Smith, New Jersey
- John Katko, New York
- Andy Barr, Kentucky
- Garret Graves, Louisiana
Most Effective Senate Democrats:
- Gary Peters, Michigan
- Jeff Merkley, Oregon
- Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada
- Jon Tester, Montana
- Tammy Duckworth, Illinois
Most Effective Senate Republicans:
- Marco Rubio, Florida
- Roger Wicker, Mississippi
- John Cornyn, Texas
- Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
- Dan Sullivan, Alaska
Source: Center for Effective Law