Chris Jacobs is coming into his first term in Congress on an abbreviated note taking over the reigns from his predecessor, Chris Collins, who resigned amid a scandal and is now in prison. Jacobs says agriculture initiatives are a key priority for his office.

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Statement From Rep. Chris Jacobs:

“In my three short months serving our region in Congress, I have been working diligently to advance policies and legislation that benefit the people of Western New York. In addition to the legislation I introduced – the Infrastructure Expansion Act – I have also cosponsored numerous bills to support families and businesses during the pandemic and promote a strong economic recovery. Notably, I have cosponsored bills to extend and forgive Paycheck Protection Program loans, to aid local governments facing revenue shortfalls, and to protect access to rural healthcare. Policies like these are critical to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and I will continue to advocate for policies that put the people of Western New York first.


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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.