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Most Active Congresspersons from 1788-1988

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23 minutes ago, TheLiberalKitten said:

Can you share the spreadsheet with us? :)

 

I’ll need a gmail from you

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I've followed Mayhew's criteria and come up with the following actions for the career of John McCain. McCain had no actions prior to 1988. He has a total of 17 actions which places him among the top 50 (maybe top 25) among active Congress persons in us history. The second column is the Congressional number. The S = Senate. R is Republican. Start date and end date. The numbers before the description is action #: @Actinguy @Herbert Hoover @Reagan04 might find this interesting. 

McCain, John 104 S R AZ 1995 1996 1 Co sponsors Line Item Veto Act
McCain, John 106 S R AZ 1999 1999 2 Took lead in pressing the use of NATO ground troops in Kosovo
McCain, John 106 S R AZ 2000 2000 3 pres candidate
McCain, John 107 S R AZ 2001 2002 4 McCain-Feingold campaign reform
McCain, John 107 S R AZ 2001 2001 5 Broke w/ party to vote against Bush tax cuts
McCain, John 107 S R AZ 2002 2002 6 Co-wrote legislation to create 9-11 Commission
McCain, John 108 S R AZ 2003 2004 7 Critic of Bush admins handling of the Iraq War
McCain, John 108 S R AZ 2004 2004 8 Defends John Kerry's war record from other GOP Election 2004 attacks
McCain, John 109 S R AZ 2005 2005 9 Led Gang of 14 that preserved Senate filibuster on judicial nominations
McCain, John 110 S R AZ 2007 2007 10 Leading Senator proponent of troop surge in Iraq
McCain, John 110 S R AZ 2007 2007 11 Breaks w/ base of party to help pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform
McCain, John 110 S R AZ 2008 2008 12 Pres nom
McCain, John 111 S R AZ 2010 2010 13 Leads successful fillibuster of attempt to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell
McCain, John 111 S R AZ 2010 2010 14 vs. SC decisions on Citizen United v. Federal Election Commission
McCain, John 112 S R AZ 2011 2013 15 Leading Senate voice for intervention in Syrian Civil War
McCain, John 114 S R AZ 2016 2016 16 Refused to support Trump nomination
McCain, John 115 S R AZ 2017 2017 17 Deciding vote against his party's attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare

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On 9/23/2019 at 5:28 PM, Patine said:

Is this solely "positive" actions - as in promoting new legislation and policy - or does it include "negative" actions - blocking the desires of the President, other party, or lobbyists without adding anything or promoting a viable alternative, like McConnel, Boehner, (Rand) Paul, and Pelosi have made into trademark tactics?

You're right about the others, but Rand almost always proposes alternatives when he opposes legislation.  Although, it never sees the light of day because party leaders would never let that happen.

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2 minutes ago, jvikings1 said:

You're right about the others, but Rand almost always proposes alternatives when he opposes legislation.  Although, it never sees the light of day because party leaders would never let that happen.

Perhaps that's why it seems from my perspective why he doesn't, because his proposal gets tabled immediately by McConnel (ironically, in Canadian, Australian, British, and other Westminster legislative lingo, "tabling" means consideration, debate, and questions on a bill on the floor actually BEGIN, whereas in the U.S., that's been the partisan leadership of a chamber basically kaiboshes from consideration without a vote by removing it from the docket - an irony I've often found weird).

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1 minute ago, Patine said:

Perhaps that's why it seems from my perspective why he doesn't, because his proposal gets tabled immediately by McConnel (ironically, in Canadian, Australian, British, and other Westminster legislative lingo, "tabling" means consideration, debate, and questions on a bill on the floor actually BEGIN, whereas in the U.S., that's been the partisan leadership of a chamber basically kaiboshes from consideration without a vote by removing it from the docket - an irony I've often found weird).

That's the unfortunate state of Congress today.  Party leaders in both houses control the floor which prevents debate on most issues that they don't want to vote on.  It allows them to keep whatever image they seek to portray themselves as while also not doing anything to advance what they promises during campaigns.

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