There are plenty of jokes about how much members of Congress like to hear themselves talk. But according to a new C-SPAN search engine, a few lawmakers significantly outpaced their colleagues in the 111th Congress when it came to yapping on the House floor.
Poe is best known for wrapping up his floor speeches with, “And that’s just the way it is.”
Coming in second place is Poe’s Texas colleague, Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeWeek ahead: Congress itching for answers on WikiLeaks, Trump wiretapping claims Amash misses vote, ending perfect attendance streak Overnight Cybersecurity: Assange mocks CIA over hacked files | Comey briefs lawmakers | Senate panel approves Trump intel chief MORE (D), who addressed the House 180 times during the last Congress, according to C-SPAN.
In all fairness, Jackson Lee has a lot to talk about: At last count, she belongs to approximately 55 unique caucuses and task forces, ranging from the Congressional Songwriters Caucus to the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.
One interesting note: Republicans made up 80 percent of the top 10 talkers in the House during the 111th Congress. Perhaps Democrats will be more vocal now that they’re in the minority.
Over on the Senate side, the pontificating stats are more predictable: Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSenate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral Top GOP senator: 'Tragic mistake' if Democrats try to block Gorsuch After healthcare fail, 4 ways to revise conservative playbook MORE (D-Nev.) came in at No. 1, with appearances on the Senate floor 312 of the 318 total days the upper chamber was in session, while Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Healthcare: McConnell throws cold water on reviving ObamaCare repeal | House GOP insists they aren't giving up | Price faces new task of overseeing health law McConnell: ObamaCare 'status quo' will stay in place moving forward Senate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral MORE (R-Ky.) came in second, taking to the podium on 266 days of the 111th Congress.