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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Dog Ate Homework And Term Limits

(Continued from last post)

Bottom line is that while everyone is looking to cut a million here or a million there, 51 senators -- i.e. the majority -- vote to hand $500 million (or so) of consumer and taxpayer money to one company.  And not even a solar energy company this time.

Why would someone vote for this bill (or, technically, against the amendment that would have taken it out of patent reform)?  There are lots of excuses, but in the end it almost certainly comes down to campaign contributions.  I've heard the arguments against term limits, and they are unpersuasive in view of the things our representatives do to get themselves reelected.  There ought to be an "anti-incumbent" party -- a new party (1) whose candidates all agree to serve only a single term, and who (2) make a special effort to get on the ballot in places where, even if they are not going to win, they can suck votes away from incumbents.

And that's another thing.  Why is it that the LONGER a congressperson stays in office, the more power he gets -- including more power to pander to special interests and to funnel money to his constituencies -- which in turn makes it increasingly easier for him/to get reelected?

I'm not saying there aren't some perfectly good long term legislators out there.  I'm just saying that on the whole we'd be a lot better off if our legislators didn't have to worry so much about getting reelected.


The list of 51 NAYS below -- the ones who voted FOR the dog ate my homework pharma giveaway act, are all candidates for removal in the next election.  It's hard to imagine a more irresponsible vote in this time of supposed budget cutting and fiscal need.

And I see Al Franken is among the NAYS.  How is that consistent with anything he campaigned on?

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 1st 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 Amendment (Sessions Amdt. No. 600 )
Vote Number: 126 Vote Date: September 8, 2011, 04:05 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Amendment Rejected
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 600 to H.R. 1249 (Leahy-Smith America Invents Act)
Statement of Purpose: To strike the provision relating to the calculation of the 60-day period for application of patent term extension.
Vote Counts:YEAs47

NAYs51

Not Voting2
Vote SummaryBy Senator NameBy Vote PositionBy Home State
Alphabetical by Senator Name
Akaka (D-HI), Nay
Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Nay
Bennet (D-CO), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Nay
Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay
Blunt (R-MO), Nay
Boozman (R-AR), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Nay
Brown (R-MA), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Nay
Carper (D-DE), Nay
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Coats (R-IN), Not Voting
Coburn (R-OK), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Nay
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
DeMint (R-SC), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
Franken (D-MN), Nay
Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Nay
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Yea
Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Inouye (D-HI), Nay
Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Nay
Johnson (R-WI), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Nay
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay
Kohl (D-WI), Nay
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Nay
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay
Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Lee (R-UT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Nay
Lieberman (ID-CT), Nay
Lugar (R-IN), Nay
Manchin (D-WV), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
Merkley (D-OR), Nay
Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
Moran (R-KS), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Nay
Nelson (D-FL), Nay
Nelson (D-NE), Nay
Paul (R-KY), Yea
Portman (R-OH), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Nay
Reed (D-RI), Nay
Reid (D-NV), Nay
Risch (R-ID), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Not Voting
Rubio (R-FL), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shaheen (D-NH), Nay
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Yea
Toomey (R-PA), Yea
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Nay
Vitter (R-LA), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Nay
Webb (D-VA), Nay
Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Nay
Vote SummaryBy Senator NameBy Vote PositionBy Home State
Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---47
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Boozman (R-AR)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lee (R-UT)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)
NAYs ---51
Akaka (D-HI)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
Not Voting - 2
Coats (R-IN)Rockefeller (D-WV)

Vote SummaryBy Senator NameBy Vote PositionBy Home State
Grouped by Home State
Alabama:Sessions (R-AL), YeaShelby (R-AL), Yea
Alaska:Begich (D-AK), NayMurkowski (R-AK), Yea
Arizona:Kyl (R-AZ), NayMcCain (R-AZ), Yea
Arkansas:Boozman (R-AR), YeaPryor (D-AR), Nay
California:Boxer (D-CA), YeaFeinstein (D-CA), Nay
Colorado:Bennet (D-CO), NayUdall (D-CO), Yea
Connecticut:Blumenthal (D-CT), NayLieberman (ID-CT), Nay
Delaware:Carper (D-DE), NayCoons (D-DE), Nay
Florida:Nelson (D-FL), NayRubio (R-FL), Yea
Georgia:Chambliss (R-GA), YeaIsakson (R-GA), Yea
Hawaii:Akaka (D-HI), NayInouye (D-HI), Nay
Idaho:Crapo (R-ID), YeaRisch (R-ID), Yea
Illinois:Durbin (D-IL), YeaKirk (R-IL), Yea
Indiana:Coats (R-IN), Not VotingLugar (R-IN), Nay
Iowa:Grassley (R-IA), NayHarkin (D-IA), Nay
Kansas:Moran (R-KS), YeaRoberts (R-KS), Nay
Kentucky:McConnell (R-KY), YeaPaul (R-KY), Yea
Louisiana:Landrieu (D-LA), NayVitter (R-LA), Yea
Maine:Collins (R-ME), NaySnowe (R-ME), Yea
Maryland:Cardin (D-MD), NayMikulski (D-MD), Nay
Massachusetts:Brown (R-MA), NayKerry (D-MA), Nay
Michigan:Levin (D-MI), NayStabenow (D-MI), Yea
Minnesota:Franken (D-MN), NayKlobuchar (D-MN), Nay
Mississippi:Cochran (R-MS), NayWicker (R-MS), Yea
Missouri:Blunt (R-MO), NayMcCaskill (D-MO), Yea
Montana:Baucus (D-MT), YeaTester (D-MT), Yea
Nebraska:Johanns (R-NE), YeaNelson (D-NE), Nay
Nevada:Heller (R-NV), YeaReid (D-NV), Nay
New Hampshire:Ayotte (R-NH), YeaShaheen (D-NH), Nay
New Jersey:Lautenberg (D-NJ), NayMenendez (D-NJ), Nay
New Mexico:Bingaman (D-NM), NayUdall (D-NM), Nay
New York:Gillibrand (D-NY), NaySchumer (D-NY), Nay
North Carolina:Burr (R-NC), NayHagan (D-NC), Nay
North Dakota:Conrad (D-ND), YeaHoeven (R-ND), Yea
Ohio:Brown (D-OH), NayPortman (R-OH), Yea
Oklahoma:Coburn (R-OK), YeaInhofe (R-OK), Yea
Oregon:Merkley (D-OR), NayWyden (D-OR), Nay
Pennsylvania:Casey (D-PA), YeaToomey (R-PA), Yea
Rhode Island:Reed (D-RI), NayWhitehouse (D-RI), Nay
South Carolina:DeMint (R-SC), YeaGraham (R-SC), Nay
South Dakota:Johnson (D-SD), NayThune (R-SD), Yea
Tennessee:Alexander (R-TN), YeaCorker (R-TN), Yea
Texas:Cornyn (R-TX), YeaHutchison (R-TX), Yea
Utah:Hatch (R-UT), YeaLee (R-UT), Yea
Vermont:Leahy (D-VT), NaySanders (I-VT), Nay
Virginia:Warner (D-VA), NayWebb (D-VA), Nay
Washington:Cantwell (D-WA), YeaMurray (D-WA), Nay
West Virginia:Manchin (D-WV), YeaRockefeller (D-WV), Not Voting
Wisconsin:Johnson (R-WI), YeaKohl (D-WI), Nay
Wyoming:Barrasso (R-WY), YeaEnzi (R-WY), Yea




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