Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years

Evil 1 2012/04/16 18:43:13
For those who need proof that the Senate was a do-nothing chamber in 2011 beyond the constant partisan bickering and failure to pass a federal budget, there is now hard evidence that it was among the laziest in 20 years.

In her latest report, Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson revealed a slew of data that put the first session of the 112th Senate at the bottom of Senates since 1992 in legislative productivity, an especially damning finding considering that it wasn’t an election year when congressional action is usually lower.

For example, while the Democratically-controlled Senate was in session for 170 days, it spent an average of just 6.5 hours in session on those days, the second lowest since 1992. Only 2008 logged a lower average of 5.4 hours a day, and that’s when action was put off because several senators were running for president, among them Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain.

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  • Classical Liberal 2012/04/17 03:20:49
    Classical Liberal
    and they call Republican congresses "do-nothing".
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/17 00:18:47
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    They bite the big one!
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/04/16 23:27:13
    Three years, no budget. Democrats are clueless.
  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2012/04/16 23:09:37
    Demonic Rat Hunter
    Lazy democrats for Lazy welfare bums sounds like a match made in hell.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/04/16 21:30:41
    Rebel Yell
    " Hard evidence", eh?

    You may want to take a look at the House, led by Orange Man. John Boehner lost control of the House Republicans when he, like Lucy in Peanuts, yanked the "grand bargain" football from President Obama. When there was a chance to salvage the absurd charade that was the debt ceiling vote, the speaker could not control his caucus. This vote tells us one thing: the radical Republican tea party is totally incapable of doing anything but obstructing and Speaker Boehner has very little control of their antics.

    All evidence – including the bungled debt ceiling negotiations, the inability to manage House GOP Whip Eric Cantor, and the rapidly falling approval ratings for GOP members of Congress – suggests that he has never had control. But the best part of all is Cantor accusing Harry Reid of not allowing Boehner's leadership to flourish. Wah Wah Wah... mean old Harry!

    The hard truth is the window for getting even the most routine matters accomplished (e.g., passing a continuing resolution), let alone dealing with the pressing issues of the day (e.g., creating jobs), never even came anywhere near reality in the House... and never will.
  • relic 2012/04/16 21:26:33
    Why hold back? They're a lot worse than that.
  • 4570GOVT 2012/04/16 20:48:11
  • Someone Else 2012/04/16 20:37:02
    Someone Else
    So working for the country's not working, time to fire them all and get our money's worth
  • Kane Fernau 2012/04/16 20:28:52
    Kane Fernau
    Do nothing democrats still get full pay
  • COCO 2012/04/16 20:26:58
  • wicked soda boy 2012/04/16 20:22:38
    wicked soda boy
    That pic of Harry Reid kind of sums it up. Lets get rid of these a**holes in November. Those who are up for re-election, especially the Dims, and the RINOs. That's the only way a responsible budget will ever be passed, or ANY budget for that matter.
  • sammanilla 2012/04/16 20:08:56
    No, they're busy stealing money.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/16 19:33:06
    The filibuster – tool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate – is alternately blamed and praised for wilting President Barack Obama's ambitious agenda. Some even say it's made the nation ungovernable.

    Maybe, maybe not. Obama's term still has three years to run.

    More certain, however: Opposition Republicans are using the delaying tactic at a record-setting pace.

    "The numbers are astonishing in this Congress," says Jim Riddlesperger, political science professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

    The filibuster, using seemingly endless debate to block legislative action, has become entrenched like a dandelion tap root in the midst of the shrill partisanship gripping Washington.
  • wicked ... ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/16 20:23:56
    wicked soda boy
    Interesting math you're using. "Obama has 3 more years"?
  • ProudProgressive 2012/04/16 19:29:00
    The Senate is not controlled by Democrats. Since January 3, 2007 the Republicans have decided that 59 votes out of 100 is not a majority. More proposed legislation was blocked in the Senate by Republicans in the last five years than in the previous 50.
  • Evil 1 ProudPr... 2012/04/16 20:52:34
    Evil 1
    Now that is hilarious as well as ridiculous. Nice try but it fails.
  • ProudPr... Evil 1 2012/04/16 20:55:36
    Doesn't "control" mean having a majority? Because if it does, the Democrats haven't had a majority since 1994.
  • Evil 1 ProudPr... 2012/04/16 21:12:29
    Evil 1
    You're spewing nonsense and trying to spin the facts.
  • ProudPr... Evil 1 2012/04/17 15:34:09
    Define "control"
  • Evil 1 ProudPr... 2012/04/17 15:43:57
    Evil 1
    Why should I as all you will do is try to spin it. That's all you do as of late and it's not worth trying to debate with you as I did in the past. You're either not the same person I used to debate with (meaning you have a group of bloggers trying to bolster Obama and the useless members of the Democrat party) or your views have changed drastically. Either of which I find trying to have a worthwhile discussion with you to be impossible. So I would rather just ignore the BS you post. But sometimes it is so ridiculous that I have to respond. With that, have a great day.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/16 19:06:12
    Not passing a budget was all due to repugs.
  • Evil 1 ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/16 19:10:56
    Evil 1
    Sure it was. They haven't had a budget for well of 1000 days and the Democrats had control of both the House and the Senate until 2010. Go try shoveling your BS to another ignorant liberal/progressive as they are the only ones ignorant enough to believe it.
  • ProudPr... Evil 1 2012/04/16 19:29:32
    The Democrats have not had control of the Senate since 1996.
  • Evil 1 ProudPr... 2012/04/16 20:55:03 (edited)
    Evil 1
    Sure they haven't. LOL Nice try but you are starting to look as foolish as the 'T' poster a few above you. Do liberal/progressives ever not attempt to spin facts that show their failures?
  • ProudPr... Evil 1 2012/04/16 20:58:19
    You're right, I misspoke. They haven't had control of the Senate since 1994.
  • Evil 1 ProudPr... 2012/04/16 21:12:45
    Evil 1
  • COCO Evil 1 2012/04/16 20:28:37
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/16 18:58:51
  • Evil 1 ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/04/16 19:03:43 (edited)
  • ProudPr... Evil 1 2012/04/16 19:32:30
    Democrats aren't obstructing anything. It is the Republicans who have blocked more legislation and presidential appointments than any congress in history, and by a wide margin.

    And the funny part is that even with all of this historic obstructionism President Obama has managed to do more good for this country in three years than just about any of his predecessors (at least since the Civil War) did in eight. From teetering at the edge of a Great Depression that would have made 1929 look tame by comparison we are now in the midst of a sustained recovery and have added back over 4 1/2 million of the American jobs that the Republicans pissed away under Bush. Imagine how much more progress this nation would make if the Republicans actually gave a damn about the United States of America instead of spending all their time trying to prevent ANYTHING that might benefit the American people.
  • Evil 1 ProudPr... 2012/04/16 21:00:12
    Evil 1
    More of your 'spincycle' I see. LOL You and 'T' must be drinking the same water or are being advised by the same individual on what to say as the comments from both of you are just as foolish and void of truth.

    And Obama has done good for the country? Now that is the funniest as well as the most ridiculous statement you have made on this thread up to now. But the evening is young and you have ample time to top it, but it will be hard.

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