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 CardinOvernight Defense: Senators go to White House for North Korea briefing | Admiral takes 'hit' for aircraft carrier mixup | Lawmakers urged to beef up US missile defense Senators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit Lawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March MORE (D-Md.)
• Susan CollinsSusan CollinsOvernight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits Schumer: Senate Russia probe moving too slowly Collins: I'm not working with Freedom Caucus chairman on healthcare MORE (R-Maine)
• Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyComey to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee GOP to kill language exempting staff from new ObamaCare repeal bill House cyber chairman wants to bolster workforce MORE (R-Iowa)
• Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonGOP rep doesn’t expect a literal border wall Trump should work with Congress to block regulations on prepaid cards Five reasons to worry about the ShadowBrokers hack MORE (R-Wis.)
• Carl LevinCarl LevinFor the sake of American taxpayers, companies must pay their fair share What the Iran-Contra investigation can teach us about Russia probe Senate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral MORE (D-Mich.)
• Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellLawmakers push one-week stopgap funding bill Overnight Finance: Inside Trump's tax plan | White House mulls order pulling out of NAFTA | New fight over Dodd-Frank begins Dem rep: Trump's tax plan as believable as 'magic, unicorns or Batman' MORE (R-Ky.)
Members of the House
• Sandy Adams (R-Fla.)
• Jason Altmire (D-Pa.)
• Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)
• Mike Conaway (R-Texas)
• John Kline (R-Minn.)
• Sandy Levin (D-Mich.)
• Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)
• Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
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 PortmanOvernight Regulation: Senators call for 'cost-effective' regs | FCC chief unveils plans to roll back net neutrality Senators push 'cost-effective' reg reform Overnight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits 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.”