Democrats in Congress more liberal with stamp of approval
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Sep 1, 2013
Washington – Minnesota’s congressional Democrats are more liberal than their Republican counterparts with their pens, not just their politics.
When it comes to signing onto legislation as co-sponsors, Minnesota has some of the most prolific.
In the U.S. Senate, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are among the top 10 co-signers. Through the beginning of August, Klobuchar co-sponsored 201 bills and amendments while Franken co-sponsored 195.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison ranks seventh among the 435 U.S. House members. He’s attached his signature to 341 bills and amendments. That’s nearly four pieces of legislation for every day the House has been in session this year.
Combined, Minnesota’s three House Republicans, Michele Bachmann (104), John Kline (149) and Erik Paulsen (89), have co-sponsored 342 bills and amendments, only one more than Ellison.
Academic studies have proposed a wide range of conclusions as to why legislators publicly support legislation.
For a lawmaker touting a bill, having dozens of colleagues sign on, especially if the support is bipartisan, is a stamp of approval: something tangible they can point to as evidence of strong backing.
“It doesn’t cost anything to support a bill,” Ellison said.
“The bills that I individually introduce myself, and a few others, I put tremendous amount of effort into passing. But then there are other bills that I count on my colleagues to pull the heavy oar on, but I still support the concept.”
#2 Sep 1, 2013
Minnesota is lucky to have such a great group in Congress. All the GOP rejects are not wisely seeking reelection or will lose in the next election.
#3 Sep 1, 2013
Al Franken makes jokes about raping women. We need more people just like Big Al in Congress.
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