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41 Do Nothing Members of the U.S. Congress (4-6-2009)

Nothing? Nothing, tra la la? For the upset campaign aides and PR officials out there, let me fully acknowledge that the members of Congress listed below have surely done something. They have undoubtedly purchased office supplies. They may have hired staffers to help out with Aunt Lucinda’s passport application. I’m sure they’ve showed up to some committee meetings, and most likely have issued press releases. They have voted when told.

But when it comes down to the work of actually legislating, of introducing bills and resolutions to the Congress, the following 41 members of the 111th Congress of the United States haven’t done a thing. Not only have they failed to introduce a single substantive bill, they’ve even failed to bring a symbolic resolution before the Congress, you know, the kind that congratulates the East Midland Cougars for winning the state soccer tournament. As the very active Steve Austria can tell you, things must be named, so we will take the bold and courageous post-office-designators like Rep. Austria off our “Do Nothing List.” And what the heck, we’ll even count amendments to other legislators’ bills as meaningful activity, too, just so we don’t hurt the feelings of any legislator’s Dear Old Ma.

The following members of the House of Representatives have not introduced a single substantive bill, symbolic resolution or amendment in the 111th Congress:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Michael F. Doyle, Democrat of Pennsylvania District 14. District office phone number: 412-664-4049

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When these politicians campaigned in their home state or district, they made promises about changes they’d bring to Washington, problems they’d fix, issues they’d address. But three months into the 111th Congress, these members of Congress haven’t done any original legislative work. They are the Do-Nothing Members of Congress.

As I did last month, 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.

5 comments to 41 Do Nothing Members of the U.S. Congress (4-6-2009)

  • Jacob

    Jim,

    I dont know any of these members. is there a trend with them? Are they all first term members? If they were all in there first term I guess I might be able to kind of understand, otherwise, why are we still paying these people. I would have been fired 2 months and 29 days ago…

  • Jacob

    Jim, Is there a trend among these members? Are they all first term office holders? If so I guess I could understand that there is a learning curve, otherwize why are we paying them. I would have been fired 2 months 29 days ago…

  • Jacob

    sorry, returned error page so I thought the first post didnt go through…

  • jacob

    my comments are gone again… darn gliches…

    What I had said was

    Jim, Is there a trend among these members? Are they all first term office holders? If so I guess I could understand that there is a learning curve, otherwize why are we paying them. I would have been fired 2 months 29 days ago…

    • Jim

      There isn’t a first-term trend. Most first-termers are not on this list, and most of the people on this list are not first-termers. Legislators like John Murtha, Buck McKeon and Robert Aderholt have been around a long time.

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