No-excuse lawmakers: The members who never miss a vote

ITK loves to rib members (see Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. item below), but we also give them props — when warranted. 

So today, ITK is saluting the legislators who have had perfect voting attendance in 2011 and 2012. Of course, this list doesn’t mean these members are the best in Congress, but heck, at least they show up day after day. 

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Members of the Senate 

Ben CardinBen CardinKaine, Murphy push extension of Iran sanctions Dems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals Senate GOP ties Iran sanctions fight to defense bill MORE (D-Md.)

Susan CollinsSusan CollinsWhy a power grid attack is a nightmare scenario GOP lawmaker: 'Republicans were wrong’ to block Garland Senate passes broad spending bill with .1B in Zika funds MORE (R-Maine)

Al FrankenAl FrankenDems press ITT Tech to give students right to sue Consumer internet privacy: Leaving the back door unlocked Senators unveil bill to overhaul apprenticeship programs MORE (D-Minn.)

Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP senators split over Cruz's aid on campaign trail Senate fight brews over Afghan visas Clinton email headache is about to get worse MORE (R-Iowa)

Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world MORE (R-Neb.)

Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonSenate report: Systematic failures at VA watchdog led to veterans' deaths Clinton emails dominate Sunday shows GOP senator: Did Clinton email setup play a role in Russian invasions? MORE (R-Wis.)

Carl LevinCarl LevinCarl, Sander Levin rebuke Sanders for tax comments on Panama trade deal Supreme Court: Eye on the prize Congress got it wrong on unjustified corporate tax loopholes MORE (D-Mich.)

Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellAdelson aides in talks to make pro-Trump super PAC McConnell bashes Reid’s ‘inappropriate’ rhetoric The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ky.)

Harry ReidHarry ReidMcConnell bashes Reid’s ‘inappropriate’ rhetoric Hillary's ObamaCare problem Sanders tests Wasserman Schultz MORE (D-Nev.)

Members of the House 

• Sandy Adams (R-Fla.)

• Jason Altmire (D-Pa.)

Justin AmashJustin AmashLibertarian looks for anti-Trump bump The Hill's 12:30 Report Ten third-party candidate names at top of Never Trump’s list MORE (R-Mich.)

• Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)

• Mike Conaway (R-Texas)

Chuck FleischmannChuck FleischmannHouse passes bill to combat ISIS recruitment online Legislation to combat ISIS propaganda faces pushback from Dems House conducts moment of silence for Chattanooga victims MORE (R-Tenn.)

• John Kline (R-Minn.)

• Sandy Levin (D-Mich.)

• Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)

• Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

Steve WomackSteve WomackGOP lawmakers blast Obama for 'unprecedented' overreach Skies darken for GOP budget Boehner stuns House GOP with resignation MORE (R-Ark.)

Honorable mentions: Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.), who has made every floor vote since winning her special election in May of 2011; Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanPortman focuses on heroin fight in new ads Juan Williams: Electoral map looks grim for Trump McConnell touts 'Senate squad' in Wes Anderson-style video MORE (R-Ohio) made every vote in 2011, though his perfect record was blemished last week. 

 Cardin told ITK there have been some close calls where leaders have accommodated his requests to keep a vote open. 

Asked whether he will be perfect the rest of the year, Cardin responded, “You never know,” adding that needs in his state and/or family have to be considered. 

Altmire’s office said the Pennsylvania Democrat has not missed a vote since being sworn in to office in 2007, a total of 4,551 votes. 

Altmire and Amash have a bit of a rivalry on the issue, according to Amash spokesman Will Adams. 

“Jason Altmire recently let the clock run down without voting to see how Justin would react. Justin actually got nervous for him and started to search around for him in a panic. Rep. Altmire showed up to vote right before the board closed with a grin on his face. There’s a friendly rivalry, but obviously Rep. Altmire has the longer streak right now,” Adams said. 

Upton takes his voting attendance very seriously. He has had various streaks during his 13 terms on Capitol Hill and winces at the memories of the few he has missed. His initial streak was broken as he was stuck on a runway due to dense fog. 

LoBiondo, meanwhile, has only missed 26 votes since 1995, according to the lawmaker’s spokesman. 

But none of them compares to Grassley, who last missed a roll call vote in July 1993, when he accompanied then-President Clinton to Iowa to inspect flood damage. Before that, he missed a vote in 1989 because of a death in his family.

In a statement, Grassley told ITK, “People are cynical about government and wonder if you’re really on the job. When the Senate’s in session, I’m in Washington voting, and when the Senate is out of session, I’m in Iowa holding meetings with constituents.”