Several House member miss 40% of votes

Several House member miss 40% of votes

There are 8 comments on the WSRZ story from Feb 24, 2011, titled Several House member miss 40% of votes. In it, WSRZ reports that:

Several U.S. House of Representatives members already have missed as many as 40 percent of votes taken in the 112th Congress so far, an analysis indicated.

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Since: Jan 07

Kingston, PA

#1 Feb 24, 2011
And their paychecks should reflect their absences. House (and Senate) salaries should be prorated to correspond with the number of days in session.If a vote is missed, regardless of how unimportant THEY think it is, they should be docked on a per diem basis accordingly.

Congresswoman Giffords' tragic situation, of course, is unique and would certainly come under the classification of temporary disability.(With the hopes and prayers of all, I am sure.) We all know how liberal congressional holidays and vacation tme are. There is no reason for these slugs to miss votes, no matter how inconsequential they think the issue is. They are paid handsomely to do a job and should be held accountable.

Since I watch C-SPAN occcasionally, I am appalled by the "debates" on important issues that constitute a speaker addressing a virtually empty chamber. It is no wonder there are so many cockamamie laws passed by presumed morons with unintended consequences that deeply impact American citizens. Perhaps it would be a good idea to take roll each day to guarantee that the taxpayers are getting their money's worth.

There have been virtual libraries of legislation designed to hold the public accountable for anything and everything a legislator can think of. Now is the time for Congress to start looking at itself and applying some rules to its own membership.
realist

Greensboro, NC

#2 Feb 24, 2011
Our nation is at the crossroads of major change. I think it's time to get a carry permit.
Can You Hear Me

United States

#3 Feb 25, 2011
Miss 40% of the votes cut 40% of their paycheck and so on.

“Ignorantia valde pestifera.”

Since: Jan 09

Harding Township, NJ

#4 Feb 25, 2011
No Child Left wrote:
And their paychecks should reflect their absences. House (and Senate) salaries should be prorated to correspond with the number of days in session.If a vote is missed, regardless of how unimportant THEY think it is, they should be docked on a per diem basis accordingly.
Congresswoman Giffords' tragic situation, of course, is unique and would certainly come under the classification of temporary disability.(With the hopes and prayers of all, I am sure.) We all know how liberal congressional holidays and vacation tme are. There is no reason for these slugs to miss votes, no matter how inconsequential they think the issue is. They are paid handsomely to do a job and should be held accountable.
Since I watch C-SPAN occcasionally, I am appalled by the "debates" on important issues that constitute a speaker addressing a virtually empty chamber. It is no wonder there are so many cockamamie laws passed by presumed morons with unintended consequences that deeply impact American citizens. Perhaps it would be a good idea to take roll each day to guarantee that the taxpayers are getting their money's worth.
There have been virtual libraries of legislation designed to hold the public accountable for anything and everything a legislator can think of. Now is the time for Congress to start looking at itself and applying some rules to its own membership.
Add the fact that Congress' pay and benefits are EXEMPT FROM GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (i.e., they continue collecting after they shut the government down next week)... it's getting closer and closer to torches and pitchforks in the street outside the Capitol Building.

... and that Congress is exempt from whatever health care requirements they impose on taxpayers.

... and that Congress is exempt from whatever impact the stock market has on 401k/retirement/savings accounts.

... and that Congress is exempt from whatever cuts they impose on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and TriCare.

It's getting closer and closer to torches and pitchforks in the street outside the Capitol Building.
ima

United States

#5 Feb 25, 2011
OBAMA is powerless or wants us to think he is, he is lighting fuel to the fire. If he really wanted HE WOULD THREATEN TO FIRE THEM ALL if they don't return. No negotiations can't be considered IF THEIR NOT PRESENT!!! So fire them all, Gov. Walker and take matters into your own hands. OUR PRESIDENT is balking like a MULE and he is USELESS. IMPEACHMENT should be considered SERIOUSLY!!!!
Buck

Livonia, MI

#6 Feb 26, 2011
ima wrote:
OBAMA is powerless or wants us to think he is, he is lighting fuel to the fire. If he really wanted HE WOULD THREATEN TO FIRE THEM ALL if they don't return. No negotiations can't be considered IF THEIR NOT PRESENT!!! So fire them all, Gov. Walker and take matters into your own hands. OUR PRESIDENT is balking like a MULE and he is USELESS. IMPEACHMENT should be considered SERIOUSLY!!!!
If Boner would get over himself and present some good legislation, perhaps these congressmen might show up. BTW Obama does not run the House, never has been and never will be a member of the House. He has nothing to do with this,except in your febble mind.

Since: Feb 07

Whitman,Ma

#7 Feb 26, 2011
They should be docked for their absentences. If they shut down the government they should be docked for that.
ima

United States

#8 Feb 26, 2011
Buck wrote:
<quoted text> If Boner would get over himself and present some good legislation, perhaps these congressmen might show up. BTW Obama does not run the House, never has been and never will be a member of the House. He has nothing to do with this,except in your febble mind.
AS A DEMOCRAT president he should be threatening his FELLOW DUMBOCRATS to get their sluggish a--es back and do the work OR DON'T EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO when they're ready to return. NOTHING IS BEING ACCOMPLISHED, so let congress continue WITH OUT THEIR VOTES. They have gone a-wol and should go out the door.

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