A recent online poll has Senator Sherrod Brown’s challenger just 4 points behind, though that is merely a “credible” poll, not necessarily a reputable one. (https://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2018/09/poll_from_liberal_think_tank_s.html) RealClearPolitics.com has Brown’s average polling +15.4 over Renacci.
Since Jim Renacci has been a US Congressman for a while, we can actually compare this challenger’s record to the incumbent’s.
Renacci, since 2011, has introduced 35 substantive bills of which 3 progressed and 0 became law: Bills sponsored by Renacci generally passed 100% less often than for average Republicans (0.00 for Renacci vs. 0.11 in US). Renacci’s rate of progress is 55% lower than the average for Republicans (0.09 for Renacci vs. 0.19 in US).
Brown, since 2011, has introduced 163 substantive bills of which 9 progressed and 6 became law: Bills sponsored by Brown generally passed 36% less often than for average Democrats (0.04 for Brown vs. 0.06 in US). Brown’s rate of progress is 30% lower than the average for Democrats (0.06 for Brown vs. 0.08 in US).
So both are underperformers, though Brown can actually show reasonable effect, while Renacci does not swing the bat much, makes contact at a comparable rate, but has yet to get a hit.
On the other hand, Sherrod Brown is not much of a bipartisan member of the Senate, while Renacci’s bipartisanship, especially as a percentage of effort, is notable.
Sherrod Brown crossed over 4 times to join a bill that was primarily cosponsored by another party, with the Boy Scouts resolution actually passing.
WINGMAN Act Working to Integrate Networks Guaranteeing Member Access Now Act This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide each veteran who submits a claim for VA benefits with an opportunity to permit a covered congressional employee in the office of the veteran’s Member of Congress to have read-only access to all of the veteran’s records in the Veterans Benefits Administration databases. A Member may designate up to two such covered congressional employees. A covered congressional employee may not be recognized as an agent or attorney with respect to veterans’ benefit claims. Funds under this bill may not be used to design or administer any training for covered congressional employees. The bill makes funds available for FY2018 through FY2021 for such congressional employee access program.
January 29th 2017 – Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
A resolution recognizing the Boy Scouts of America on the 100th anniversary of the organization being granted a Federal charter and for the long history of heritage and service of the Boy Scouts of America. Recognizes more than 100 years of service and leadership development by the Boy Scouts of America. Encourages the continued emphasis of the Boy Scouts of America on character building, responsible citizenship, and outdoor stewardship. Applauds the Boy Scouts of America for instilling the values of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law in young people of the United States. Congratulates the Boy Scouts of America on the 100th anniversary of the granting of a federal charter to such organization on June 15, 1916.
June 15th 2016 – Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S4263; text as passed Senate: CR S4303-4304)
Timber Revitalization and Economic Enhancement Act of 2015 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the reduced tax rate on the net timber gains of corporations, to: (1) adjust the formula for calculating such rate, and (2) make such reduced rate permanent.
October 7th 2015 – Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors Act of 2015 This bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to: (1) authorize a Medicare prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsor to establish a drug management program under which the PDP sponsor may limit an at-risk beneficiary’s access to coverage for frequently abused drugs to include only those drugs that are prescribed by selected prescribers and dispensed by selected pharmacies; and (2) require a PDP sponsor to have in place a utilization management tool to prevent drug abuse. With respect to a drug management program, a PDP sponsor must: (1) provide specified notice to a beneficiary who has been identified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) as “at-risk” and consequently enrolled in the program; and (2) in selecting prescribers and dispensers, ensure that the beneficiary continues to have reasonable access to drugs. These determinations shall be subject to expedited reconsideration and appeal. A PDP sponsor must review and consider an at-risk beneficiary’s preferences regarding prescriber and pharmacy selection. Certain individuals, including those receiving hospice care or residing in a long-term care facility, are exempted from enrollment in a drug management program. CMS must, for purposes of quality or performance assessments, review and consider complaints received from at-risk beneficiaries regarding lack of access due to their enrollment in a drug management program. In addition, CMS must establish rules and procedures requiring a PDP sponsor to provide specified program data.
July 29th 2015 – Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
Renacci crossed over more times, but only on two bills that were not symbolic:
James Renacci crossed over more than ten times to join a bill that was primarily cosponsored by another party. 2011 HB2860: Deficit Committee Transparency Act and 2013 HB1642: Security Clearance Protection Act of 2013 were the two bills that tickled his bipartisan fancy.
Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act This bill directs the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the “Ghost Army,” collectively, in recognition of its service during World War II. The bill expresses the sense of Congress that the Smithsonian Institution should make the medal available for display elsewhere, particularly at appropriate locations associated with the Ghost Army, and that preference should be given to locations affiliated with the Smithsonian.
May 24th 2017 – Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Simeon Booker in recognition of his achievements in the field of journalism, including reporting during the Civil Rights movement, as well as social and political commentary. This bill directs the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to arrange for the presentation of a Congressional Gold Medal to Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr., in recognition of his achievements in the field of journalism, including his reporting during the civil rights movement and his social and political commentary.
January 31st 2017 – Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
Recognizing January 2017 as “National Mentoring Month”, and for other purposes. Recognizes: (1) National Mentoring Month, and (2) the staff and volunteers at quality mentoring programs who help young people reach their full potential. Acknowledges that mentoring is beneficial in that it encourages educational achievement and self-confidence, reduces juvenile delinquency, improves life outcomes, and strengthens communities. Expresses support for: (1) the creation and expansion of quality mentoring programs across the United States, and (2) initiatives to increase the percentage of young people who have a mentor.
January 26th 2017 – Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Honoring the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Congressman Louis Stokes. Honor the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Congressman Louis Stokes. Extends heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.
September 16th 2015 – Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
STRONG Act Strengthening The Resiliency of Our Nation on the Ground Act Requires the Office of Science and Technology Policy, with input from the Department of Homeland Security, to establish and chair an interagency working group with cabinet-level representation from all relevant federal agencies in order to: (1) provide a strategic vision of extreme weather resilience; (2) conduct a gap and overlap analysis of current and planned federal activities related to achieving short- and long-term resilience to extreme weather and its impacts on the United States, such as flooding and drought; and (3) develop a National Extreme Weather Resilience Action Plan. Requires the Plan to include the establishment of an online, publicly available information portal to be used by federal agencies and other stakeholders that directs users to key data and tools to inform resilience-enhancing efforts and to build off and complement existing federal efforts. Provides for a coordinating entity to establish and maintain such portal. Requires such coordinating entity to coordinate the implementation of the Plan and to track its progress. Requires the submission of specified reports.
May 3rd 2015 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act This bill directs the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known collectively as the “Ghost Army,” in recognition of its service during World War II. The bill expresses the sense of Congress that the Smithsonian Institution should make the medal available for display elsewhere, particularly at appropriate locations associated with the Ghost Army, and that preference should be given to locations affiliated with the Smithsonian.
April 29th 2015 – Referred to House Administration
Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States Postal Service should issue a commemorative stamp honoring the 50th anniversary of the three civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama that took place over the course of several weeks in March 1965. Expresses the sense of Congress that the U.S. Postal Service should issue a commemorative postage stamp honoring the 50th anniversary of the three civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama.
March 5th 2015 – Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E314)
First Rhode Island Regiment Congressional Gold Medal Act Requires the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the First Rhode Island Regiment, collectively, in recognition of their service during the Revolutionary War. Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to strike and sell bronze duplicates of such medal at a price sufficient to cover the costs of such medals.
January 13th 2015 – Referred to House Administration
Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should issue a commemorative postage stamp honoring Maya Angelou.
July 23rd 2014 – Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
First Rhode Island Regiment Congressional Gold Medal Act – Requries the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to award a congressional gold medal to the First Rhode Island Regiment, collectively, in recognition of their dedicated service during the Revolutionary War. Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to strike and sell bronze duplicates of such medal at a price sufficient to cover the costs of such medals.
February 10th 2014 – Referred to House House Administration
Congratulates Pope Francis on his election and recognizes his inspirational statements and actions.
December 10th 2013 – Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Expresses support for the designation of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Recognizes the importance of preventing childhood obesity and decreasing its prevalence in the United States.
September 12th 2013 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Security Clearance Protection Act of 2013 – Requires the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to ensure that any financial hardship incurred by a DOD civilian employee due to a furlough required by sequestration will not affect such employee’s: (1) eligibility for continued suitability for employment at DOD, (2) access to classified information, or (3) suitability to hold a position critical to national security.
May 5th 2013 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Readiness.
Alice Paul Women’s Suffrage Congressional Gold Medal Act – Requires the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to make arrangements for the presentation of a congressional gold medal in commemoration of Alice Paul, to recognize her role in the women’s suffrage movement and in advancing equal rights for women. Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to strike and sell duplicates in bronze of such medal. Requires proceeds from the sale of such medals to be deposited into the U.S. Mint Public Enterprise Fund.
October 3rd 2011 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.
Deficit Committee Transparency Act – Amends the Budget Control Act of 2011 to require any member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, and any individual on the committee staff or the personal staff of a committee member, to disclose any meeting, within 48 hours after it takes place, with any other individual relating to matters before the committee if the individual: (1) is a registered lobbyist or agent of a foreign principal; (2) has any direct personal or pecuniary interest in any legislative measure pending before the House of Representatives or the Senate or reported by a committee of either chamber; or (3) is in the employ of or represents any party or organization for the purpose of influencing, directly or indirectly, the passage, defeat, or amendment of any legislative proposal. Requires any member of the Joint Committee who is a candidate with an authorized committee or who is a candidate or an individual holding federal office affiliated with a leadership political action committee (PAC) to disclose, within 48 hours of receipt, any contribution such committee or leadership PAC receives from an individual, or any entity, which: (1) is a registered lobbyist or agent of a foreign principal; (2) the authorized committee or leadership PAC, using its best efforts, determines is in the employ of or represents any party or organization for the purpose of directly or indirectly influencing the passage, defeat, or amendment of any legislative proposal; or (3) makes a single contribution in excess of $500. Requires the Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee, before its first meeting, to establish a public website containing: (1) such disclosures of lobbying activities and meetings, and of campaign or Member-designated leadership PAC contributions; (2) the final report on specified activities and contributions; and (3) such other information the Joint Committee or its staff deems necessary and beneficial to inform the public of its proceedings, deliberations, and deadlines. Requires the Joint Committee’s proposed report and legislative language to be made publicly available on its website at least 72 hours before the vote on such measures. Requires any hearing of the Joint Committee open to the public to be open to coverage by audio and visual means, including in a format that is streaming on the Internet via the Joint Committee’s website.
September 6th 2011 – Referred to the House Committee on Rules.
United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011 – Prescribes the “average pay” and the appropriate percentage thereof to be used in determining annuities for civilian employment with the United States Postal Service (USPS) for purposes of provisions relating to future benefits attributable to such employment in order to calculate the amount of any USPS surplus or supplemental liability under the Civil Service Retirement System. Requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): (1) within six months after enactment of this Act, to determine (or, if applicable, redetermine) the amount of such surplus or liability as of the close of the most recently ending fiscal year using the methodology required under this Act; and (2) if the result is a surplus, to transfer the surplus amount to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund within 15 days after the determination of a surplus. Provides for an alternate determination of an USPS surplus or supplemental liability for FY2016-FY2020. Requires transfer of certain surplus postal retirement contributions in FY2011 to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund or the Employees’ Compensation Fund under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). Expresses the intent of Congress that this Act shall apply to allocations of past, present, and future benefit liabilities between the USPS and the Treasury.
April 7th 2011 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy .