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A Busy Year

January 8, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The Democrats in Congress know that having overwhelming control of the House, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and a like-minded President all at once isn’t going to last forever. That’s why they’ve been hustling to get as much done now as they possibly can over the past year.

According to research from the Sunlight Foundation, the 111th Congress “worked more days in 2009 than they have in any year since 1995, when the Republican party took control of both houses of Congress.”

Of course, the minority party has kept up by filibustering more. Last year, the Democrats filed 66 cloture motions to break Republican filibusters, up by eight from the previous year and just two short of the record 68 clotures filed by the Democrats in 2007. Check the chart at this post to see how extraordinarily high these numbers are for Congress historically.

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  • cerebralscrub44 01/10/2010 10:56am

    hmmm, busiest congress since the GOP took control of both houses…goes to show how the GOP has consistently failed to get anything meaningful done, and tries desperately to stop bills from passing when they lose control

  • BKS01 01/10/2010 12:37pm
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    Hmmm, busiest congress behind closed doors manipulating and intimidating their own cacaus members and buying votes with special favors for treasury busting, tax raising, and socialist agendus for a liar holding the position of President of the United States of America,

  • cerebralscrub44 01/10/2010 2:22pm

    i’m not even going to try to defend the integrity of certain members of congress, because guaranteed many of them are as corrupt as you claim…but at least they’re putting serious issues on the table and drafting legislation that will help millions of people get out of the recession, including you.
    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3548/show
    sure, extending unemployment benefits for those out of a job in our country is exemplary of a socialist ideology, but you know what else is? When I was at school this past semester, I got a free flu shot, provided by the school and paid for by the federal government. I bet you have as well, at some point in your life. Now if that isn’t socialism, I don’t know what is. And it helped me avoid getting sick.
    As for President Obama, at least he was legitimately elected and not appointed like W.

  • BKS01 01/11/2010 12:08pm
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    Yes the issues are serious but the proposed solutions are not just and are at best socialist in effects. The legislation being proposed (behind closed doors again) will cost americans higher tax burdens and unfair distribution of costs and benefits.
    The only shots I have ever had by the government were required by the same. And the GOVERNMENT does not pay for anything!!! The American tax payers are the finacial payers. The only way this country can or will ever overcome this recession is for the government to downsize and let the free market system work,
    And just like a good demo you have to bring up something about President Bush. It has been a year with Hussein in the office. Try paying attention to the lies, the corruption, and the lack of leadership by this poor excuse for a leader.

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