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House Judiciary Has Frittered Away Alloted Time for Patriot Act Reform

Do you remember the Patriot Act reauthorization that passed through the Congress in February of 2010? Republicans and a large number of Democrats renewed the Patriot Act for another year. House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers declared that he had no choice but to support Patriot Act reauthorization because his committee just hadn’t had enough [...]

Al Franken: At the Start, he's Senator Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

Without the responsibility of attending committee meetings or hearings over the past six months, without any ceremonial duties to attend to, and with the responsibility of his lawsuits to gain office delegated to his lawyers, Al Franken has had a lot of time on his hands… certainly a lot more time than any other member [...]

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 [...]

Congress' Progressive Caucus Characterized by Varying Lassitude

Although the Congressional Progressive Caucus has developed a reputation as a take-no-prisoners group in the House of Representatives, organized and relentless in its pursuit of radical legislation, the reputation doesn’t match reality. A look at the record of the Progressive Caucus shows wide variation among members in the level of support for both particular bills [...]

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 [...]

150 Do-Nothing Members of the United States Congress

As of today, 150 members of the 111th Congress of the United States have the dubious dishonor of not having introduced a single substantive bill for consideration. The following members of the House of Representatives have not introduced a single House bill or joint resolution:

Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, Republican of Alabama District 4. District [...]