Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years

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 [...]

FLASHBACK: Every Dem Sen — including Obama — voted against raising debt limit in 2006

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 109th Congress – 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Joint Resolution (H.J.Res.47 )

Vote Number:
Vote Date:
March 16, 2006, 11:17 AM

Required For Majority:
Vote Result:
Joint Resolution Passed

Vote Counts:


Vote Summary
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By Vote Position
By Home State

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NPR hires lobbyists to protect public funding stream

National Public Radio (NPR) is paying the lobbying firm Bracy, Tucker, Brown & Valanzano to defend its taxpayer funding stream in Congress, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Secretary of the Senate. The taxpayer-funded radio network hired the firm in the second quarter of 2011 to work on issues regarding, “funding for NPR and affiliate stations.”

It will remain unclear how much NPR is paying for [...]