With a small part of Queens in his district, Tom Suozzi has worked to represent issues relevant to the five boroughs as well as Long Island. He’s a moderate Democrat with a reputation for working across the aisle on practical legislation. Most recently, Suozzi has developed a voice when it comes to speaking out against the $10,000 state and local property tax cap on New Yorkers and his office worked to get language inserted into legislation to repeal that. Suozzi had one bill signed into law renaming a body of water.
"I am fighting to bring money back to New York. New York sends more in income taxes to the Federal Government than it gets back. In fact, more than any other state. Now that COVID has hit New York hard, we need the Federal Government to return the favor. We must get our economy moving again. I am also fighting to lower healthcare and prescription drug costs and I am leading the effort in Congress to repeal the state and local tax deduction cap. I have, and will always, put the needs of New Yorkers first over the politics of Washington.”
What the rankings mean:
Number of bills sponsored:
This metric measures the number of unique bills put forward by a Representative or a Senator. A Resolution usually expresses an opinion or addresses procedure in the House or Senate and doesn’t go to the President. An Amendment is a change to the language of legislation. Everything has to be voted on.
Number of bills passed out of one chamber:
Getting a bill passed through a chamber is tough. In order to pass a bill out of a chamber, a member of Congress must build consensus among his or her colleagues.
Number of bills signed into law:
If a bill from an opposite party is signed into law by a President, the achievement is a significant victory for that Member of Congress if the bill is significant. Many non-controversial bills are signed into law as a matter of routine.
Percentage a member votes with his or her party:
Source: ProPublica. Procedural votes count toward this score and it isn’t entirely indicative of a member’s loyalty, or disloyalty, to the party.
Lugar Center Bipartisan Index Score:
The Bipartisan Index is a joint project of The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Scores above 1.0 are outstanding. Scores above .5 are very good. Scores below -.5 are poor. Scores below -1.0 are very poor.