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101 Do Nothing Members of the United States Congress (3-2-2009)

As of today, 101 members of the 111th Congress of the United States have the dubious dishonor of not having introduced a single bill for consideration.

Let me be clear about what I mean by this. When I last reported on inactivity in the Congress two weeks ago, someone (a staffer?) gave me a hard time because I didn’t give representatives and senators credit for offering congratulations to sports teams or for writing amendments to already existing bills. So fine: just to be clear, the list of representatives and senators you can find below is not just of people who haven’t submitted any substantive bills. They haven’t done that, but they haven’t written any symbolic bills either, ones that congratulate sports teams or rename post offices or declare March 26 to be “National Day of the Lima Bean.” They haven’t even done that. The people whose names you read below are collecting six-figure salaries, getting premium health care, building up time credit for special pensions, using the mailing and staff hiring privileges… and they haven’t even written a single amendment to anybody else’s bill. The members of Congress whose names you read below haven’t submitted a single piece of legislation, in whole or part, by itself or in amendment. Two months in to the 111th Congress, 101 of the 530 or so active members of Congress haven’t done any original legislative work. They are the Do-Nothing Members of Congress.

The following members of the House of Representatives have not introduced a single substantive bill, symbolic resolution or amendment:

Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, Republican of Alabama District 4. District office phone number: 256-546-0201

Rep. Robert E. Andrews, Democrat of New Jersey District 1. District office phone number: 856-546-5100

Rep. Steve Austria, Republican of Ohio District 7. District office phone number: 937-325-0474

Rep. Spencer Bachus, Republican of Alabama District 6. District office phone number: 205-280-0704

Rep. Melissa Bean, Democrat of Illinois District 8. District office phone number: 847-925-0265

Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Democrat of Georgia District 2. District office phone number: 706-320-9477

Rep. John Boccieri, Democrat of Ohio District 16. District office phone number: 330-489-4414

Rep. Jo Bonner, Republican of Alabama District 1. District office phone number: 251-943-2073

Rep. Allen Boyd, Democrat of Florida District 2. District office phone number: 850-561-3979

Rep. Corrine Brown, Democrat of Florida District 3. District office phone number: 407-872-0656

Rep. Eric I. Cantor, Republican of Virginia District 7. District office phone number: 804-747-4073

Rep. Joseph Quang Cao, Republican of Louisiana District 2. District office phone number: 504-589-2274

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia District 2. District office phone number: 304-264-8810

Rep. Andre Carson, Democrat of Indiana District 7. District office phone number: 317-283-6516

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah District 3. District office phone number: 801-851-2500

Rep. Travis Childers, Democrat of Mississippi District 1. District office phone number: 662-449-3090

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, Democrat of Missouri District 5. District office phone number: 816-842-4545

Rep. James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina District 6. District office phone number: 803-854-4700

Rep. Howard Coble, Republican of North Carolina District 6. District office phone number: 336-333-5005

Rep. Mike Coffman, Republican of Colorado District 6. District office phone number: 720-283-9772

Rep. Gerry Connolly, Democrat of Virginia District 11. District office phone number: 703-256-3071

Rep. Jim Cooper, Democrat of Tennessee District 5. District office phone number: 615-736-5295

Rep. John A. Culberson, Republican of Texas District 7. District office phone number: 713-682-8828

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, Democrat of Pennsylvania District 3. District office phone number: 814-456-2038

Rep. Danny Davis, Democrat of Illinois District 7. District office phone number: 773-533-7520

Rep. Geoff Davis, Republican of Kentucky District 4. District office phone number: 859-824-3320

Rep. Nathan Deal, Republican of Georgia District 9. District office phone number: 706-638-7042

Rep. Joe Donnelly, Democrat of Indiana District 2. District office phone number: 574-288-2780

Rep. Steve Driehaus, Democrat of Ohio District 1. District office phone number: 513-684-2723

Rep. Donna Edwards, Democrat of Maryland District 4. District office phone number: 301-562-7960

Rep. Bobby Etheridge, Democrat of North Carolina District 2. District office phone number: 910-814-0335

Rep. John Fleming, Republican of Louisiana District 4. District office phone number: 337-238-0778

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, Democrat of Ohio District 11. District office phone number: 216-522-4900

Rep. Alan Grayson, Democrat of Florida District 8. District office phone number: 407-841-1757

Rep. Parker Griffith, Democrat of Alabama District 5. District office phone number: 256-551-0190

Rep. Deborah DeFrancesco Halvorson, Democrat of Illinois District 11. District office phone number: 815-726-4998

Rep. Gregg Harper, Republican of Mississippi District 3. District office phone number: 662-324-0007

Rep. Martin Heinrich, Democrat of New Mexico District 1. District office phone number: 505-346-6781

Rep. Jim Himes, Democrat of Connecticut District 4. District office phone number: 203-210-7711

Rep. Bob Inglis, Republican of South Carolina District 4. District office phone number: 864-582-6422

Rep. Timothy V. Johnson, Republican of Illinois District 15. District office phone number: 618-262-8719

Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick, Democrat of Michigan District 13. District office phone number: 734-246-0780

Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, Democrat of Ohio District 15. District office phone number: 614-294-2196

Rep. Ron J. Klein, Democrat of Florida District 22. District office phone number: 561-544-6910

Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, Democrat of Florida District 24. District office phone number: 407-208-1106

Rep. Frank Kratovil, Jr., Democrat of Maryland District 1. District office phone number: 443-262-9136

Rep. Leonard Lance, Republican of New Jersey District 7. District office phone number: 908-518-7733

Rep. Rick R. Larsen, Democrat of Washington District 2. District office phone number: 800-562-1385

Rep. Tom Latham, Republican of Iowa District 4. District office phone number: 515-232-2885

Rep. Sander M. Levin, Democrat of Michigan District 12. District office phone number: 586-498-7122

Rep. Jerry Lewis, Republican of California District 41. District office phone number: 800-233-1700

Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, Republican of New Jersey District 2. District office phone number: 800-471-4450

Rep. Frank D. Lucas, Republican of Oklahoma District 3. District office phone number: 580-256-5752

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Republican of Missouri District 9. District office phone number: 573-886-8929

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Republican of Wyoming District 0. District office phone number: 307-261-6595

Rep. Dan Lungren, Republican of California District 3. District office phone number: 916-859-9906

Rep. Dan Maffei, Democrat of New York District 25. District office phone number: 315-423-5657

Rep. Kenny Marchant, Republican of Texas District 24. District office phone number: 972-556-0162

Rep. Eric J.J. Massa, Democrat of New York District 29. District office phone number: 585-218-0040

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California District 22. District office phone number: 661-327-3611

Rep. Patrick McHenry, Republican of North Carolina District 10. District office phone number: 828-765-2729

Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon, Republican of California District 25. District office phone number: 661-274-9688

Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, Democrat of West Virginia District 1. District office phone number: 304-292-3019

Rep. Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas District 1. District office phone number: 785-628-6401

Rep. Christopher Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut District 5. District office phone number: 203-759-7541

Rep. John P. Murtha, Democrat of Pennsylvania District 12. District office phone number: 724-852-2209

Rep. Pete Olson, Republican of Texas District 22. District office phone number: 281-240-3700

Rep. John W. Olver, Democrat of Massachusetts District 1. District office phone number: 413-442-0946

Rep. Erik Paulsen, Republican of Minnesota District 3. District office phone number: 952-405-8510

Rep. Gary Peters, Democrat of Michigan District 9. District office phone number: 248-273-4227

Rep. Dave Reichert, Republican of Washington District 8. District office phone number: 206-275-3438

Rep. Laura Richardson, Democrat of California District 37. District office phone number: 562-436-3828

Rep. David (Phil) Roe, Republican of Tennessee District 1. District office phone number: 423-317-7459

Rep. Harold Rogers, Republican of Kentucky District 5. District office phone number: 606-439-0794

Rep. Mark Schauer, Democrat of Michigan District 7. District office phone number: 517-780-9075

Rep. Kurt Schrader, Democrat of Oregon District 5. District office phone number: 503-588-9100

Rep. David Scott, Democrat of Georgia District 13. District office phone number: 770-210-5073

Rep. John Shimkus, Republican of Illinois District 19. District office phone number: 618-344-3065

Rep. Adrian Smith, Republican of Nebraska District 3. District office phone number: 308-633-6333

Rep. Vic Snyder, Democrat of Arkansas District 2. District office phone number: 501-324-5941

Rep. Mark Edward Souder, Republican of Indiana District 3. District office phone number: 800-959-3041

Rep. Gene Taylor, Democrat of Mississippi District 4. District office phone number: 228-864-7670

Rep. John Tierney, Democrat of Massachusetts District 6. District office phone number: 781-595-7375

Rep. Dina Titus, Democrat of Nevada District 3. District office phone number: 702-387-4941

Rep. Paul Tonko, Democrat of New York District 21. District office phone number: 518-465-0700

Rep. Tim Walz, Democrat of Minnesota District 1. District office phone number: 507-206-0643

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida District 20. District office phone number: 954-437-3936

Rep. Melvin L. Watt, Democrat of North Carolina District 12. District office phone number: 336-275-9950

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Republican of Georgia District 3. District office phone number: 770-683-2033

Rep. Edward Whitfield, Republican of Kentucky District 1. District office phone number: 270-826-4180

Rep. Charles Wilson, Democrat of Ohio District 6. District office phone number: 330-533-7250

Rep. C. W. (Bill) Young, Republican of Florida District 10. District office phone number: 727-893-3191

The following members of the Senate have not introduced a single bill, resolution or amendment:

Senator Michael F. Bennet, Democrat of Colorado. In-state office phone number: 719-587-0096

Senator Roland Burris, Democrat of Illinois. In-state office phone number: 312-886-3506

Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia. In-state office phone number: 304-342-5855

Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee. In-state office phone number: 423-756-2757

Senator Kay Hagan, Democrat of North Carolina. In-state office phone number: 919-856-4630

Senator Ted Kaufman, Democrat of Delaware. In-state office phone number: 302-573-6345

Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon. In-state office phone number: 503-326-3386

Senator Jim Risch, Republican of Idaho. In-state office phone number: 208-342-7985

Senator Richard C. Shelby, Republican of Alabama. In-state office phone number: 251-694-4164

As I did two weeks ago, I’ve attached local phone numbers so that if you find one or more of your representatives on this list, you can give them a call. If you believe that your members of Congress should do something for their pay, their perks and their power, call them and tell them so. If your Senator or Representative is new to Congress, you might want to be a bit forgiving … but a majority of the people you can find on the list above are actually congressional veterans. Ask your members of Congress what they plan to do with their term in office and when they plan to get started. Take notes and hold them to what they say.

7 comments to 101 Do Nothing Members of the United States Congress (3-2-2009)

  • Carla Axtman

    Jeez..some of these guys have barely been in office for two months. They don’t deserve to be on a “do-nothing” list. In addition, Senators do a lot more than just draft and introduce legislation. This is an unfair and simplistic POV on their work.

    • Jim

      You know, apologizing for your political patron without disclosure is tacky. I already wrote that “If your Senator or Representative is new to Congress, you might want to be a bit forgiving,” but really, if Senator Merkley can’t handle questions about his legislative agenda from his constituents, then what is he doing in office? Besides, as again I’ve already said, most of the people on this list are congressional veterans.

    • Fruktata

      Yeah! It’s so unfair that some of the most powerful politicians in America have been working for weeks without anything to show for it! You said it Carla! Criticizing the powerful is so, so, you know, unfair! And it’s not as if they’ve been trying to get their jobs for the last two years, and making a lot of promises about how hard they would work for people, and change things, and stuff! America would be so much better if people would just not complain when their representatives in Washington D.C. don’t represent them competently!

      Thank you, Carla, for speaking up for the silent, apathetic majority!

  • Please write them and inquire what have they doing for two months…perhaps debating this weeks bail outs?

  • Carla Axtman

    Interesting..so I’m not allowed to speak up on this issue because I worked on Jeff Merkley’s U.S. Senate campaign for nine months and left almost a year ago? Seriously…that’s the best you’ve got?

    Is this blog deliberately about flouting ignorance on the U.S. legislature or is it merely an accident?

    • Uh, Carla, if you’re not “allowed to speak up” then how come you’ve been allowed to leave comments twice? Seriously… that’s the best you’ve got?

      You’re allowed to speak up, Carla, but when you speak up with nonsense, other people are allowed to mock you.

    • Jim

      If ignorance is sharing factual information with people, then yes, that’s what we’re about.

      Clearly, you can write whatever you like here. You just did, twice. But you’re not a disinterested party to this discussion, and you shouldn’t pretend to be, and you shouldn’t be surprised if I notice that.

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