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Posted at 7:15 PM ET, 12/21/2010

One-sixth of House skips final lame-duck votes

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: 12/22/2010, 11:35 a.m.

More than 70 House members didn't bother showing up to vote Tuesday, even as the lower chamber wraps up its final priorities of the lame-duck session -- including a bill on funding the federal government through March and a measure on health benefits for 9/11 first responders.

The number of members missing in action amounts to more than one-sixth of the lower chamber and includes many who are retiring or who were defeated in last month's midterms.

The House held seven votes as of late Tuesday, including one on a bill that would avert a government shutdown.

More than 80 members were missing for votes held early Tuesday afternoon. Seventy-two were not present to vote on a food safety bill Tuesday afternoon. (Two members, Reps. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) and Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio), attempted to vote on the food safety bill but their votes were not recorded due to an error, according to their offices; both members later recorded their intent with the Clerk of the House.)

Seventy-five were missing for the vote on continued funding for the federal government.

Ten members who were defeated either in their primaries or on Election Day did not show up on Tuesday for the food safety vote. The seven defeated Democrats missing in action were Reps. John Adler (N.J.), Bobby Bright (Ala.), Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.), Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (Mich.), Michael McMahon (N.Y.), Harry Mitchell (Ariz.) and Solomon Ortiz (Texas). The three Republicans were Joseph Cao (La.), Parker Griffith (Ala.) and Bob Inglis (S.C.).

Also among the no-shows Tuesday were 16 retiring members, including Reps. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.), Marion Berry (D-Ark.), Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.), Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Mary Fallin (R-Okla.), Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), Charlie Melancon (D-La.), Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), John Linder (R-Ga.), George Radanovich (R-Calif.) and John Tanner (D-Tenn.).

Forty-six other members were not present, including 24 Democrats and 22 Republicans.

Over in the Senate, where debate on the START Treaty was still underway Tuesday night, only five members were missing: Sens. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 21, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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Simplistic thinker as so easy to please; so quick to applaud? On NPR yesterday was an editor of the Times Magazine just enthralled over the "Lame Duck" performance and the "game plays," inclusive of numbers to overcome any attempt by the GOP to fillibuster the clearly nefarious gains of the legislation "pulled off?" The "gamesmanship" of Sen Reid, himself of the Mormon faith, who held Christmas hostage to get over the "goal line."

For those of us having watched that volley it was frightening given the holes in the Health and Banking Reform and the mess of the "fixes" whether modifications or foreclosures and victims pinned at Christmas!

And The Los Angeles Times reports that Obama is "evolving." Enough already! Now he thinks maybe GLBT should be able to scuttle marriage as a religious, moral, and cultural value to be subordinated to the deviant culture representative by something like 1% of Americans. It did report that ONLY 44% OF Americans are in favor; but what is that to Obama, whose "evolutions" are directly tied to UNIONS and the GLBT folk that put him in office!!

There are some who are moved by Mozart, those by waterfalls and soothing gardens and atmospheres; others by flushing of toilets and it is not politically correct to address these factors now to be central to DADT when any complaint will be viewed as antagonistic to their "civil rights?"

Great job media; we can look forward to more interviews of all of you by one another on Sunday .. DONE!

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Posted by: itkonlyyou429 | December 22, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Seeing as how 64 dems are toast and will only be back in DC to view the monuments that's great news

Posted by: mandinka2 | December 22, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Seeing as how 64 dems are toast and will only be back in DC to view the monuments that's great news

Posted by: mandinka2 | December 22, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

who are these so-called service-minded people, and why aren't they charged with a crime or just fired?

They have a job, and if you hadn't noticed, we could REALLY use less screwing off, and more getting into the job; doing the job.

I know if I abstained from actual WORK, that MY job wouldn't last all that long.

Posted by: pgibson1 | December 22, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

TermLimits (great name, and so appropriate to the discussion) agree 100% w/ your post. It's impossible to get these people out once they get in-I think the 'pluses' of term limits FAR outweigh the minuses, after all, the ideology should be bigger than the office holder.
I think we should have some way to limit the damage by lame ducks in the future, because we can count on this behavior to continue indefinitely, that's how politics work-the most shameless break the barrier (Clinton did a lot, and we see the results of his 'morality' in office today)and the other side tries to catch up.
It seems like the Democrats are the first to break the 'pattern' (like they did with Bork and tried to do with Thomas)and then the other party has to do it too. However, in the future Republicans will be criticized if/when they do it. Like when obama took huge amounts of untraceable money (changed the donor software so it wouldn't automatically check to see if the money was 'legal') in his election, and even though the Republicans DIDN'T take untraceable money they were BLAMED FOR IT (and the rebuttal from Chamber of Commerce of that proof wasn't publicized)in November's election. Just another example of playing to win when you can make up the rules (and change them back, like they did in appointing the senator when the democrats are in power in Massachusetts and changing it back when Romney the Republican was governor)
It's really a shame the Democrats only fight like this with Republicans-if only they would do it with (not obama's 'enemies') with our REAL enemies, like radical islam-but they ALWAYS SIDE with our REAL ENEMIES. Consistency isn't what they are 'shooting' for-its POWER.
And now, since conservative thought isn't being as CRIPPLED by the 'mainstream media' (only because they aren't so 'mainstream' any more) they want to restrict us on the internet. Make no mistake, this internet bill (and FCC maneuvering) isn't about internet access (no more than the 'Fairness Doctrine' was about 'fairness' in radio) it's going to be about free speech for Democrats and NOT for anybody else.
And how any attempt to protect the country (Patriot Act) is 'tearing up the constitution' and obama real freedom killing actions are just ignored.
Well, at least the amnesty thing is shut down for the moment, and those huge numbers of illegal aliens aren't going to show up on the Democrats voting rolls anytime soon.

Posted by: gaveupontv | December 22, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

And we pay these guys 174,000 a year? What crap!

Posted by: Philly33 | December 22, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

You G.D. fools at the Post simply have no idea how much this Obama is loathed, despised, and detested by so many.

Posted by: walterndebby
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"This Obama?" Do you mean our President? The candidate I voted for? And what does this have to do with the topic?

Posted by: MNUSA | December 22, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Well many in the Congress do consider themselves self employed.

Posted by: Billy1932 | December 22, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Those absent elected officials, regardless of their retired/defeated status, have an obligation to attend to business matters up to the last minute of their tenure. They are being paid 100% and owe their loyalty and dedication to the institution to which they were elected.
This is unacceptable and merely reinforces the fact that you can never trust a politician 100%.

Posted by: giuseppe59 | December 22, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Who's the pretty Momma in the pic, lady? Does she have a daughter? lol.

Posted by: darkasnight1234 | December 22, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Our country certainly has changed over the last 40 years. I was there and I can verify this statement. First of all...things have changed for the worse. Politicians used to represent the people..now they do not. They are in politics for their own good, they represent special interests and their own gain; power and money. Minorities have now taken control of this country...I feel like I am in some horrible nightmare and I can not wake up.
All for now....

Posted by: das1127 | December 22, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

i assume they will all return the per diem pay and any add'l money for the days they quit on their electorates......

if not someone as unkind as i might call this a theft of taxpayer funds.......

Posted by: mikepatrick1 | December 22, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Wyden was having surgery -- the rest of the no-shows, barring illness or family emergencies, should have their pay docked. Most of them are already overpaid juveniles, anyway.

Posted by: Sandydayl | December 22, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

When will we learn that these gentlemen have different work rules, prima donnas. This isn't the first time I've heard of our public servants not showing up, federal, state, and local. Why in the world are you acting like your shocked.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | December 22, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Unless it was a liberal (pardon the expression) leave day due to the snow, they should all be considered to be on LWOP (leave without pay) status. Too busy? What would they say if federal employees didn't show up? They simply have no shame.

Posted by: Sutter | December 22, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Unless it was a liberal (pardon the expression) leave day due to the snow, they should all be considered to be on LWOP (leave without pay) status. Too busy? What would they say if federal employees didn't show up? They simply have no shame.

Posted by: Sutter | December 22, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Unless it was a liberal (pardon the expression) leave day due to the snow, they should all be considered to be on LWOP (leave without pay) status. Too busy? What would they say if federal employees didn't show up? They simply have no shame.

Posted by: Sutter | December 22, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

When a Redskin doesn't show up to play they dock his pay. Maybe there should be a law for congressmen who fail to show up for a vote without a valid excuse. They are overpaid as it is and then the retire and take home all the cash in their war chest.

Posted by: msjn1 | December 22, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse


Let's just see how "successful" Barry the inept bungler is when the new GOP-controlled Congress is seated less than two weeks from today. Hmm?

Those 63 Dims who were ousted by the voters one month ago will not be contributing their votes to Barry the incompetent boob's leftist social agenda any longer, now will they?

The 47 GOP senators will not give a couple of RINO's like Collins and Snowe to cave to the Dims either. The GOP will be able to halt any piece of legislation whatsoever with 47 seats in the Senate.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 22, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Walterdebby wrote

"you G.D. fools at the post have no idea how much this obama is loathed, despised, and detested by so many"

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Interesting comment, not only because it has nothing to do with the topic of the article, but since Obama's popularity is the higher than Reagans was after two years in office-and with the current success Obama has had with the Congress passing major land mark legislation in the last month,...it appears that you are way off base regarding the feelings of the population of this country.

Perhaps it would do you some good to get out and travel around the country and actually talk to others., and stop watching NEO Con TV and Radio..you would be amazed what others actually think..after all Obama has passed the greatest amount of significant legislation designed to help the American public than any previous President in the last 50 years.

While there are still major things that need to be done, much of it is because of the greatest economic collapse under Bush43 since the crash of 1929, but with the continuation of monthly job increases and employer hiring, the economy will continue to rebound and employement should increase.

Posted by: meyer390 | December 22, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

You G.D. fools at the Post simply have no idea how much this Obama is loathed, despised, and detested by so many.
Posted by: walterndebby
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Surprising how many racist misanthropes there are, eh? And so many of these people refer to themselves as "Christians". Wow, do these folks need a stern lesson from "savior".

Posted by: pjohn2 | December 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Easy solution; pay docked on pro-rated basis for every vote missed that was not a medical emergency.

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Posted by: RField7 | December 22, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Hokie92 and the rest of the republican swine on these Wash Post Chat boards are nothing but a bunch of right wing teabagging anti 9-11 Responders, anti environmental, homophobic closet queens. Obama has done more to help this country in the last week than any single republican president or congress has done in the last 50 years. God bless Obama and PLEASE all you republican wing nuts - run Sarah Palin in 2012 - we liberals would lOVE it!

Posted by: KevinDunne | December 22, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Only "essential personnel" voted.

Posted by: hungrypirana | December 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Hokie92 and the rest of the republican swine on these Wash Post Chat boards are nothing but a bunch of right wing teabagging anti 9-11 Responders, anti environmental, homophobic closet queens. Obama has done more to help this country in the last week than any single republican president or congress has done in the last 50 years. God bless Obama and PLEASE all you republican wing nuts - run Sarah Palin in 2012 - we liberals would lOVE it!

Posted by: KevinDunne | December 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The article lists the names, parties and states of the defeated and retired who were missing, but not the remainder. (There's a link to a vote list that doesn't list party, status and only lists state where two members have the same last name.) Seems to me the space would have been better used to list the states/parties of those missing who were *not* at the end of their tenure. How about it?

Posted by: msh41 | December 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

A Whopping Fine, say $250,000 per vote skipped, would be appropriate.
Especially for those of us who can't just skip our work when we please!

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"A law should be passed to ban any lame-duck Congress from enacting any new legislation."

Um...no congress can bind the preogatives of a future congress. It would require a constitutional amendment (good luck) to stop lame ducks.

Posted by: EarlyCynic | December 22, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

This is not news. Most of the time when a member is going to be missing (usually for other business related to the office) they will find a bill pair who they know is going to vote opposite them and coordinate so neither needs to be there to cancel each other out.

Why doesn't the Post run a front page item every day of what members are not present during non-lame duck sessions? Now that would be more newsworthy.

Posted by: Flicking_Gamer | December 22, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure they all took their full pay for not representing their districts. Disgusting!
The only person I know of that had a legit excuse was my Senator, Roy Wyden. He was having or is recovering from prostate surgery. The others? Glad they don't represent me. I feel sorry for the districts they do represent AND the taxpayers who have to foot the bill. Probably a free ride home as a gift from the Taxyaper who is out of work.

Posted by: diamond2 | December 22, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

You G.D. fools at the Post simply have no idea how much this Obama is loathed, despised, and detested by so many.

Posted by: walterndebby | December 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

A law should be passed to ban any lame-duck Congress from enacting any new legislation.

Posted by: RobParker | December 22, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I really do like many comments asking for their pay to be deducted. I think we should remember to consider this fact in 2012!

Posted by: pelohoki | December 22, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

If I don't show up for my job I get my pay docked. If these clowns don't show up and do their job they to should have their pay docked.

Posted by: amcgrane | December 22, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

@ Ellieturtle - This was a House vote. DREAM had already passed the House.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 22, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If only that they had all stayed home.

Posted by: Bobo4 | December 22, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Reply to: Posted by: mjandrews8 |

Well, was hoping they'd have to shut down this run away train (aka US Gov) but the clown just signed a CR to keep it going through Feb 2011.......
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You were actually hoping that the Fed Gov would shut down, why and what would that solve?
There are too many voters in America like mjandrews8, (happy with confusion and suffering). People please do not let your children grow up to think like this!

Posted by: bestowens | December 22, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

thanks for reporting this

Posted by: devilsadvocate2 | December 22, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

With so many missing or retiring why have a lame Duck why not after the Nov. elections start by swearing in all new members wiil say 1 week later then maybe just maybe things might get done instead of this slam bam thank you attitude.

Posted by: freedon | December 22, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I believe that the DEMOCRATS that deserted their party, re-elected or not, have done a dis-service to their country and their constituants. The Dream Act should have passed. Our country doesn't need our elected officials "playing hooky" when important bills are on the table. This is serious business.
The business done in Congress is more important to the USA than a heart transplant! Dr's don't duck out a day early and neither should the men who are paid year round to make decisions that effect the whole nation.
Shame on every DEMOCRAT that wasn't in his seat. Is this how you support your presiden? Double SHAME. We can expect any thing from a Repub.... But those DEMOCRATS who were absent... you idiots! Don't think for a minute it will be forgotten.

Posted by: Ellieturtle | December 22, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

retiring and defeated Congressman have no need to vote if they already know the outcome. These guys have also been moved out of their offices and into a closet.

Posted by: crudblue | December 22, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, was hoping they'd have to shut down this run away train (aka US Gov) but the clown just signed a CR to keep it going through Feb 2011.......

Posted by: mjandrews8 | December 22, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The GOP will present and ready for work in January to undo Obama and the 111th Congress.

Posted by: hokie92 | December 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

They shouldn't get paid!!

Posted by: mjandrews8 | December 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Those Democrats have been working hard for 2 years and passed HISTORIC legislation - woohoo!
Republicans had an easy job - golfing and voting "No!" to middle class tax cuts, small business tax cuts, funding for private sector jobs....

Posted by: angie12106 | December 22, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

@ TabLUnoLCSWfromUtah

Just fyi, since this story only refers to the House of Representatives, ALL reps (that have not either retired or lost their re-election bid) are up for re-election in 2012.

Posted by: helena_b | December 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, why do what you're paid to do?

Posted by: jckdoors | December 22, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Vermin loser democrats. Don't go away mad. Just go away.

Posted by: carlbatey | December 22, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Lameduck sessions are dishonest per se-they should be severely limited to actions that have a real deadline-i.e. appropriations acts with ndeadlines- no substantive legislaion should ever be allowed
during theswe sessions


a head count on who is missing is therefore somewhat interesting but insignificant

Posted by: 27anon72 | December 22, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I believe we can call the last two years historic. Never in our time has there been such a power grab by any party. The died in the wool socialists lost more than they won. We will undo some of the Obamateur agenda starting in January. Some will have to wait until we boot him out in 12. The liberals time and again told us to FO as they passed the unholy Ogenda. They learned nothing and are still trying to pass their unpopular agenda. They made the health care situation worse rather than fix it. We dodged a tax hike only because we voted crats out. Obamateur and his czars have pissed on the constitution. That will not go unchallenged. We have survived tough times before. Well, our ancestors did anyway. We will enter 2011 with Armageddon not far behind. While I am not a fan of START, it may work to our advantage in ways we don't realize yet. I do think priorities are screwed up. Why have a treaty with someone who is less threat than Venezuela, Iran, and NK? Iran wants nukes in Venezuela. Might be another Cuba in our future while O and Hillary fret about Palestinian BS. The behind the scenes efforts by many have contained violence below the border no thanks to king Obamateur and his court jesters. Cartels have been greatly hampered again no thanks to O, Ho, And dingy Harry. Merry XMAS.

Posted by: termlimits | December 22, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Nobody's property is safe when the legislature is in session.

Maybe the no-shows were voting with their feet.

Posted by: bigdogbite | December 22, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The new spending on these lame duck bills could mean a lot of waste of taxpayers' money because there is no ample time to scrutinize the spending proposals. I applaud those who did not show up to vote.

Posted by: ypcchiu | December 22, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Actually, that's probably a better proportion of people showing up than are at my office today.

Posted by: joshlct | December 22, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Actually, that's probably a better proportion of people showing up than are at my office today.

Posted by: joshlct | December 22, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Could be those members that went down to defeat are thumbing their noses as Princess Pelosi. No longer necessary to be good comrades.

Posted by: jrealty | December 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The article on MIA Congress members has it backwards. Why list names of those MIA members who were defeated or retiring instead of those who are going to be up for re-election in 2012? It would seem the public has little or minimal power or control over how defeated or retired Congressional members. But it would seem much more vital to democracy to inform the public of those MIA Congressioal members who a likely to be up for re-election in two years so that the public has an opportunity to register their feelings on these type of behavior. Why whip losing and those Congressional members at the end of their careers instead of those who are still supposedly interested and active in representing the taxpayers?

Posted by: TabLUnoLCSWfromUtah | December 22, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"I have more respect for the guy who comes and gets my trash, or fixes my water heater."

Which sadly, is a common attitude among legions of "low-information" voters out there- and the result is nutcakes like Michelle Bachmann in the congress.

Posted by: staussfamily | December 22, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I agree that we will not miss them, but how DARE they shirk their duty. It just emphasizes how lazy, corrupt and out-of-tune they are. I agree with billdulac above!!!

Posted by: ljcampanella | December 22, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"As for the Republic Party no shows they're excused since they were following the will of their lord."

Who's that? Darth Cheney?

Posted by: staussfamily | December 22, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

With their extended tax cuts and new found wealth, they are generously observing the most important Religious Holiday buying expensive gifts for friends, family and donors.

Posted by: TedfromRichmond | December 22, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Lame

Posted by: RainForestRising | December 22, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

"No surprise that Jim Oberstar from Minnesota stayed in Washington. He never went back to Minnesota during his 18 years except to get re-elected. Why would he go back now?"

curious that doing your job would attract such derision-We'll see how folks on Da-Range like that newbie flyboy after a few years...

Posted by: staussfamily | December 22, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Their abscences do not matter.

As corrupt as they are, Nannie Pelosi and Harry Reid would find a way to vote for them all even if they were there.

Goodbye 111th - and good riddance.

Posted by: Patriot12 | December 22, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Given that the overwhelming preponderance of Congressional votes make matters worse, it's hard to see nonvoting as a problem.

Posted by: thebump | December 22, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

That's a good start. Now if we could just get rid of the rest of them.

Posted by: mocmao | December 22, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

And when they do show up to vote the odds are 10 to 1 that they have not read even one page of the hundreds or thousands of pages they are voting on...

How about having a pop quiz on each bill administered by the parliamentarian BEFORE they get to vote...
You got less than 70% - bzzzzt, no vote for you ding dong...

dr. o

Posted by: ad4hk2004 | December 22, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

No surprise that Jim Oberstar from Minnesota stayed in Washington. He never went back to Minnesota during his 18 years except to get re-elected. Why would he go back now?

Posted by: CapnRusty | December 22, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

No surprise that Jim Oberstar from Minnesota stayed in Washington. He never went back to Minnesota during his 18 years except to get re-elected. Why would he go back now?

Posted by: CapnRusty | December 22, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

These folks are elected to serve & represent for the entire length of their term.Reduce their pay!

Posted by: roberts6 | December 22, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Can we expect a refund on the pay for not fulfilling the duty they sworn to uphold?
Or is this the usual contempt they hold this nation with?

Posted by: muneshadowe | December 22, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy was drunk.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | December 22, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

This is an excellent article that tells us who is not doing their job. We would get fired if we don't show up for our job.
Why did we bother to vote for them in the first place?

I hope they can explain why. Illness or homesickness?

Posted by: dummy4peace | December 22, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Norman56 wrote: "Career politicians are a bunch of arrogant, F'ing morons with over-inflated opinions about their self-worth. I have more respect for the guy who comes and gets my trash, or fixes my water heater."
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Norman - you are not the only one who feels that way.

Posted by: chipgiii | December 22, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

We should dock their pay for this. You people are so Fking DUMB. These Politicians don't gave a Flying F about us, “Democrats or Republicans “and you jack offs don't even realize it. If only your mothers had swallow when she was suppose to the world would be a better place.

Posted by: access11 | December 22, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Norman56 wrote: "Career politicians are a bunch of arrogant, F'ing morons with over-inflated opinions about their self-worth. I have more respect for the guy who comes and gets my trash, or fixes my water heater."
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Norman - you are not the only one who feels that way.

Posted by: chipgiii | December 22, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I think with every vote they make, they should have a percentage of their pay taken. That way, these low-lifes wont go around slapping themselves on the back for being "productive" simply for passing useless or dangerous legislation. They would think about how it could effect THEM, and not go around screwing the American public, like this Limp Duck session just did.

Career politicians are a bunch of arrogant, F'ing morons with over-inflated opinions about their self-worth. I have more respect for the guy who comes and gets my trash, or fixes my water heater.

Posted by: Norman56 | December 22, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Use 2080 hours worked per year. The federal government calculates hourly rate based on this amount.

That comes out to $83.65 dollars per hour. I'd say the US citizens and taxpayers are NOT GETTING OUR MONEY'S WORTH. How about setting up a time clock where they have to punch IN and OUT! Taxpayers are entitled to know how much time an elected representative and their staff actually work!!! Of course, that amount doesn't include the hefty benefits they also allow themselves and the transportation costs either.

Watch the hearings on Capital Hill and speakers are almost always talking to themselves... so just WHAT ARE THEY DOING???

Posted by: Birdmom78 | December 22, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Based on the results of the work product for the combined houses for the past 60 years, it would be better for all Americans if more (not less) "representatives" elected to pass up voting.

Posted by: wantingbalance | December 22, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: aaronc,

Congress is only in session ~160 days per years. http://thomas.loc.gov/home/ds/

Posted by: chipgiii | December 22, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

If they miss a vote, deduct one week's pay.

Posted by: chipgiii | December 22, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

If they miss a vote, deduct one week's pay.

Posted by: chipgiii | December 22, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

To be fair, Wyden was missing because he was having surgery for the prostate cancer he was diagnosed with Saturday.

Posted by: Section506 | December 22, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

These people are THIEVES defrauding American taxpayers.

Posted by: solsticebelle | December 22, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

i still say we have to put time clocks in both houses and pay them minimum wage.they are all getting enough money from big corporations and lobbyist.this is the only job(politician)where they get better pay and benefits then their bosses(the citizens)ironic.

Posted by: SISSD1 | December 22, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

i still say we have to put time clocks in both houses and pay them minimum wage.they are all getting enough money from big corporations and lobbyist.this is the only job(politician)where they get better pay and benefits then their bosses(the citizens)ironic.

Posted by: SISSD1 | December 22, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

@dlpetersdc:
Assuming they are working 12 hours a day, 365 days a year the hourly rate equates out to $39.73 per hour. ($174k divided by 365 and then divided by 12, source for salary http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm). This is without any adjustment for benefits. Please research before spouting out false information of $10 per hour.

Posted by: aaronc | December 22, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

AMERICANS TAKE A GOOD LOOK AROUND,

from the open border murders in Arizona to the dead oil jobs in the Gulf to the REAL unemployment of mid 20s and you see what 4 years of Democrats running our finances has done for America.

In 2006 these Democrat freaks took total control and look at the devastation. Have you had enough??? We are in lame dick session and the people we FIRED are trying to get amnesty, destroy the military and ram thru missile treaties. They didn't even do a budget!

THE PEOPLE WE FIRED!!!!! Disgusting and enough, 2 more elections to drain the Democrat swamp, the only way America can recover is to remove these stains.

Posted by: CATHERINE10000 | December 22, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

$10 per hour.. are you kidding me? It would take 13 straight days of 24 hour work days for a house rep to reach 10 p/h, and that doesnt account for the months off at a time, meal per diem, or their health ins, which we all pay for. That said, I'd rather not have the lame duck reps there voting, but they are being paid,... by us,... to be there.

Posted by: emaclands | December 22, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

BI-PARTISAN MALFEASANCE!

Posted by: davidwgraham | December 22, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

If an employee does not show up for work and does not have a legitimate excuse (illness, death in the family, etc.) his/her pay is docked.

Why not rules like that for the Senate and House? After all, we are their employers and pay their salaries and they should show up for work, too!

Posted by: Utahreb | December 22, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

What a completely worthless, parasitic group of losers.

Their heads on sticks, I say.

Posted by: Smarg | December 22, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Like nobody here posting their righteous indignation ever burned a day from work because 'they just didn't feel like working' or 'it was too nice of a day to work,' or 'i have to get some Christmas shopping done.' For those unenlightened who are posting here, given the amount of hours a member of Congress has to put in to earn their salaries, they are making about $10. After putting in several 12-hour days in a row for that money, who wouldn't want to burn a day now and again, especially when they have to put up with a whiney public who does nothing but complain, complain, complain.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | December 22, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

The terrible, so-called “food food safety bill” S.510, was passed by the US Senate late Sunday night in a sneaky, last minute voice vote. The swift approval by unanimous consent caught some aides and lobbyists working on it by surprise.

Sen. Tom Coburn, the outspoken conservative Republican from Oklahoma, who had been blocking the legislation, lifted his objection at the final moment. What a disgusting wimp. The lobbyists won and America's farmers lost. The bill was written by big corporate agriculture interests to destroy the family farm.

Posted by: alance | December 22, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

There needs to be a system of pay for play. You don't vote your pay/pension is reduced appropriately. Term limits etc. These previously termed "crooks" have got to work to a higher standard of ethics, quickly.

Posted by: kidvid | December 22, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Very sad indeed - these arrogant, self-serving, puffed up individuals have no relationship to reality. In order to receive their pension checks they should have to work picking up trash, scrubing sidewalks in their home towns, washing dishes at community centers - they have a lot of cleaning up to do - today the sleeping giant is awake and well and will be watching the clean up process - one thing we have plenty of is replacement politicians.

Posted by: raltiere | December 22, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

This is sad. Too bad they weren't absent for their entire terms.

Posted by: dltab | December 22, 2010 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Great. What will it take to get the other 5/6 to leave DC?

Posted by: larryw408 | December 22, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse


Notice that DEFEATED leftist weasel Paul Hodes from New Hampshire skipped town early ... that's right Dims, weasel Hodes did not "retire" from the House he ran for the Senate and lost. Hodes the lying weasel was slaughtered by Republican Kelly Ayotte in a 60 to 36 blowout the likes of which is rarely seen.

Hodes' vacated House seat was won by Republican Charles Bass.

Where is Hodes now? Probably hiding under a rock.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 22, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse


Notice that DEFEATED leftist weasel Paul Hodes from New Hampshire skipped town early ... that's right Dims, weasel Hodes did not "retire" from the House he ran for the Senate and lost. Hodes the lying weasel was slaughtered by Republican Kelly Ayotte in a 60 to 36 blowout the likes of which is rarely seen.

Hodes' vacated House seat was won by Republican Charles Bass.

Where is Hodes now? Probably hiding under a rock.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 22, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Now, if only we could find the other 5/6 from voting on anything we might be in better shape...of course, what do we do with the senate?

Posted by: SadrCityRocks | December 22, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

The word "politician" is these days interchangeable with "crook". It is unfortunate that we no longer have "Statesmen", but instead have greedy, self-serving egotists out ONLY for themselves.

I have covered this topic and my solution to it on my blog at:

http://www.unmitigated-truth.com/2010/10/lets-minimize-political-corruption.html

It is time for a change, and it is up to each one of us.

Posted by: Unmitigated-Truth | December 22, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Let's pray that1/6 was the democrats who were defeated. fair and square, and chose to keep their honor and join the corrupt sleaze Pelosi and her sour grapes last minute crimes.

Posted by: carlbatey | December 21, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

If they didn't show up, they did NO HARM. Now if we could get the remainder of the TRASH to not show up, and put a MUZZLE on the big MOUTH in the White House, we might have something.........

Posted by: wildbill69 | December 21, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

These frauds, one and all, are so self centered that they could care less about their constituents. They BEG for the votes, swear to uphold the office, and turn their pathetic backs to those who elected them. Both sides of the aisle are equally guilty, one corrupt bastard after another. Will this country ever EVER wake up? We must take hold of our liberty and rise up to meet this growing (and soon to be insurmountable) challenge. Merry Christmas everyone.....

Posted by: billdulac | December 21, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Brian Baird was not defeated - he retired.

Posted by: mmolly | December 21, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Bye, bye Pelosi! Your 2 worst and most unproductive Congresses in American history are now GONE! Never to return! The new Congress and President in 2012 will undo everything these Socialists did!

Posted by: RobbieK | December 21, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

What an arrogant looking bit--. I hope the Republican majority in the House will relegate her to the "back of the bus" NEVER to be heard from again.

Posted by: tpdlt33 | December 21, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least we can say the swamp was partially drained today.

Posted by: gav8 | December 21, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy reading The Fix, and depend on it for fast accurate news. One error today, however, concerning election results in my state (the other Washington) : Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA) was NOT defeated. He had chosen earlier not to run for reelection. The Democratic candidate who ran to replace him, Denny Heck. was defeated by Republican Jaime Herrera.

Posted by: chuck8 | December 21, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi is an overpaid feckless dolt. She's ruined our country and squandered our good will all for own Botox-supported egomaniacal journey.

Posted by: schratboy | December 21, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

THEY SHOULD BE FINED FOR NOT DOING THEIR MAIN JOB. IS THERE NOT A RULE THAT IF THERE ISN'T THE CORRECT NUMBER PRESENT, THEY CANNOT CALL A VOTE.
WISH EVERYONE OF THEM TO GO HOME. EVERYTHING CONGRESS TOUCHES - DESTROYS IT.

Posted by: migtex1234 | December 21, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

How dare they miss Norma Desmond's last closeup.... ! Oh! She ducked out as well.

Posted by: Guarapari | December 21, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

How dare they miss Norma Desmond's last closeup.... ! Oh! She ducked out as well.

Posted by: Guarapari | December 21, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Was Princess Nancy there or was she winging her way to the Looney Tunes Land via taxpayer funded US Government Airways private jet?

Posted by: tlnanluc | December 21, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The Democrates who didn't work shouldn't get paid. As for the Republic Party no shows they're excused since they were following the will of their lord.

Posted by: whocares666 | December 21, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

No one will miss those many Dems that lost and even some Pub RINOS from this most horrid 111th Congress. Obama and his minions made history: all of it bad for America's health, defense, energy, borders, and deficits-debt. Not one of those liberal Dems will be missed.

Posted by: phillyfanatic | December 21, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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