The Indy Star Investigates Just How Ineffective Joe Donnelly Really Is The Indy Star Investigates Just How Ineffective Joe Donnelly Really Is – NTK Network

The Indy Star Investigates Just How Ineffective Joe Donnelly Really Is

Donnelly claims credit for 41 measures that became law. But none of those are actual bills he sponsored and helped to pass.

By NTK Staff | 05.21.2018 @4:00pm
The Indy Star Investigates Just How Ineffective Joe Donnelly Really Is

Just two days after the Indiana primaries, President Trump traveled to the Hoosier State to encourage voters to reject “Sleepin’ Joe Donnelly,” the incumbent Democrat up for reelection this year.

The inspiration for “Sleepin’ Joe”? The lack of Donnelly’s accomplishments after six years in the U.S. House and six years in the U.S. Senate. The Center for Effective Lawmaking named Donnelly the least effective Democratic U.S. senator in the 114th Congress (2015-16). What’s more, no Donnelly-sponsored piece of legislation has ever been passed into law.

It’s been a common critique of Donnelly’s, who first entered the Senate in 2013. According to the Center of Effective Lawmaking, Donnelly performed “below expectations” in his first two years on the job, and only mildly better than that in subsequent years.

Donnelly likes to claim credit for passing 41 “measures,” but a closer look at the record reveals none of those are actual bills that he sponsored and helped pass:

Congress.gov, the official website for federal legislative information, tracks legislation introduced by lawmakers. Like the Center for Effective Lawmaking, it does not track whether a bill becomes law as part of another piece of legislation, but only if it is enacted on its own. By that measure, the site does not show any bills for which Donnelly was the top sponsor becoming law.

It’s awfully tough to ask voters to send you back to the Senate for another six-year term when the first term was squandered. Expect businessman Mike Braun, Donnelly’s Republican opponent, to focus on this issue down the stretch. Braun hopes to bring his outsider status to Washington to shake things up and get things done.

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