By Brandon Conradis, Eryn Dion and Josh Fatzick - 03/06/12 01:19 AM EST
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.
• Ben CardinBen CardinSenators already eyeing changes to 9/11 bill after veto override State official hints more Chinese firms being probed for N. Korean ties Reid is sole senator to back Obama's 9/11 veto MORE (D-Md.)
• Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSwing-state Republicans play up efforts for gun control laws Reid knocks GOP on gun 'terror loophole' after attacks GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase MORE (R-Maine)
• Al FrankenAl FrankenOvernight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Overnight Regulation: Supporters push for TV box reforms ahead of vote Leahy wants Judiciary hearing on Yahoo MORE (D-Minn.)
• Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate passes bill to preserve sexual assault kits Grassley accuses Reid of 'pure unfiltered partisanship' Overnight Healthcare: Zika funding nears finish line | House expected to approve spending bill tonight | New pledge to push medical cures bill 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 JohnsonGrassley accuses Reid of 'pure unfiltered partisanship' California to allow experimental drug treatments for the terminally ill Warren to rally Wisconsin college students for Feingold MORE (R-Wis.)
Members of the House
• Sandy Adams (R-Fla.)
• Jason Altmire (D-Pa.)
• Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)
• Mike Conaway (R-Texas)
• Chuck FleischmannChuck FleischmannHouse candidate wants to 'Make America White Again' House passes bill to combat ISIS recruitment online Legislation to combat ISIS propaganda faces pushback from Dems MORE (R-Tenn.)
• John Kline (R-Minn.)
• Sandy Levin (D-Mich.)
• Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)
• Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
• Steve WomackSteve WomackStudents across the country spend their 'summer recess' getting involved in politics After the balloons have fallen Obscure lawmaker thwarts Never Trump movement 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 PortmanGrassley accuses Reid of 'pure unfiltered partisanship' Senate passes funding bill to avoid shutdown Ryan optimistic about GOP majorities in House and Senate 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.”