Senator Tim Scott Committee Assignments 111th

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Scott.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

The chart is based on the bills Scott has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Tim Scott sits on the following committees:

  • Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Finance
  • Senate Committee on Armed Services
  • Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Senate Special Committee on Aging

Enacted Legislation

Scott was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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

Scott sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (26%)Education (18%)Health (15%)Crime and Law Enforcement (13%)Labor and Employment (10%)Finance and Financial Sector (8%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)Sports and Recreation (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Scott’s VoteVote Description
Yea H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed 85/13.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed 65/34.
This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647), a major bipartisan transportation bill, and the Export-Import Bank Reform and ...
No H.J.Res. 117 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013
Sep 13, 2012. Passed 329/91.
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Nay H.R. 5972 (112th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 29, 2012. Passed 261/163.
No S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the United ...
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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Mar 2018, Scott missed 34 of 1,534 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7622.6%59th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8000.0%0th
2014 Jan-Mar9311.1%49th
2014 Apr-Jun1231310.6%89th
2014 Jul-Sep5411.9%61st
2014 Nov-Dec9611.0%50th
2015 Jan-Mar13500.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun8544.7%86th
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6734.5%82nd
2016 Jan-Mar3837.9%80th
2016 Apr-Jun7900.0%0th
2016 Jul-Sep3412.9%61st
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun5400.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep5311.9%60th
2017 Oct-Dec11700.0%0th
2018 Jan-Mar5048.0%88th

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Tim Scott is pronounced:

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