Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years

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    This is the year we really need a change in Congress as well as in the administration. This Democratic Leadership has to be history.
     
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    Does seem lazy when Republicans block everything and refused to negotiate. I Remember just before last election when the Republicans were referred to as the "Filibuster Party". Using the filibuster the most in US history by any party. How do these things get forgotten?
     
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    Actually, party affiliations aside, the less Congress legislates the better I would argue.
     
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    Hey low life.

    ANY CUT IS EXTREME
     
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    I wouldn't care if they did little beyond do their Consitutional duty and passed a budget.


    But Harry Reid says F that, he would rather see America spin out of control as long as he and Obama can rule by executive decree.
     
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    Funny. Last year in the Senate, the Republicans put Obama's proposed budget to a vote and it was defeated 96-0. When Democrats don't even vote for their own plan then what the hell do you expect the Republicans to do?
     
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    Not really amazing when you consider this is the first Senate in history where a 60% filibuster proof majority was required for every piece of legislation

    Republicans reap what they sow
     
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    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.

    On the passage of public laws, arguably its most important job, the Senate notched just 90, the second lowest in 20 years, and it passed a total of 402 measures, also the second lowest. And as the president has been complaining about, the chamber confirmed a 20-year low of 19,815 judicial and other nominations.

    The Secretary of the Senate’s office didn’t comment on the statistics, but it did provide a comparison to action in 2009, the first term of the 111th Senate, when many of President Obama’s initiatives were considered by the Democratically-controlled House and Senate. By comparison the number of Senate bills offered last year was down 30 percent, the number of amendments offered sank 55 percent, and the number of roll call votes dropped 40 percent.

    Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years | Washington Examiner
    DRUDGE REPORT 2012®

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    You are saying a Senate budget resolution must pass filibuster?
     

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