Unequivocally…unabatedly SenateReports.com™ has examined, focused and reported on the US Senate and its Senators' bipartisan and partisan voting data. The eternal vision the Framers had in mind while constructing our unique Republic and Constitution back in 1787 did not take into account the effect partisanship would have on the
Constitution and the rule of law.
But James Madison the Father of our Constitution had a very important ‘check’ for the US Senate in maintaining and safeguarding our republican form of government
against extreme partisanship that would undermine the Constitution.
“It is a misfortune incident to republican government, though in a less degree than to other governments, that those who administer it may forget their obligations to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trust. In this point of view, a senate, as a second branch of the legislative assembly, distinct from, and dividing the power with, a first, must be in all cases a salutary check on the government. It doubles the security to the people, by requiring the concurrence of two distinct bodies in schemes of usurpation or perfidy, where the ambition or corruption of one would otherwise be sufficient. This is a precaution founded on such clear principles, and now so well understood in the United States, that it would be more than superfluous to enlarge on it. I will barely remark, that as the improbability of sinister combinations will be in proportion to the dissimilarity in the genius of the two bodies, it must be politic to distinguish them from each other by every circumstance which will consist with a due harmony in all proper measures, and with the genuine principles of republican government.
The necessity of a senate is not less indicated by the propensity of all single and numerous assemblies to yield to the impulse of sudden and violent passions, and to be seduced by factious leaders into intemperate and pernicious resolutions.”---James Madison
Since 1789 the US Senate has been the bulwark standing in the way of any democratically elected representative or would be
tyrant who would use their popularity or extreme partisanship as a weapon to undermine the Constitution and our Republic, but for
both to endure 'We The People' must support 'Republicanism' and reject phony baloney democracy.
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." ---Thomas Jefferson
SenateReports.com™ displays, compares and measures partisanship of U.S. Senators based on current and historical U.S. Senate voting data. The Main Stream Media has given the American People a very false impression of Republicans in the Senate as being more partisan than the Democrats, SenateReports.com has proven the Democrats are the more partisan party. For example since 2005 the Democratic Senators have been and continue to be more “partisan” than the Republicans because the Democrats routinely voted in greater numbers and more often with their Party’s majority ('Party Percent'
) than the Republicans voted with their party's majority during the 2005 - 2011 congressional year time frame. Open the Party Percent page to review the latest Party Percent Rankings.
Evoke the memory of George W. Bush’s Presidency along with the Republican controlled Senate from 2005 – 2006 and some political pundits would argue both were very
...indeed...but not as partisan as today's Democrats in the Senate! The Senate data shows since 2009 President Obama has been more divisive than the GWB presidency when it comes to passing legislation thru the Senate and Obama's political ideology has made the Democratic Party in the Senate more ‘partisan’ in their voting patterns than the Republican Party. For example under GWB between the years 2005-2008 the Senate's Democratic and Republican majorities concurred (consensus) on 559 of 1302 votes or 43% compared to Barack H. Obama’s 283 of 931 votes or 30% between 2009-2011 consensus stats.
The Senate's Democratic and Republican majorities concurred on 115 of 235 votes (48.9%), the Democratic Majority passed 4 Bills without the help of the Republican Majority of votes while the Republicans were able to pass only one during the 112 1st Session (2011)! Since 2009 the Democratic Majority in the Senate has passed 23 Bills without the help of the Republican Majority of votes, compared to the Republicans one Bill. Since 2009 the Democratic controlled Senate has been able to confirm 15 Progressive Judges (110 total senate confimations) that failed to earn a majority
of Republican rollcall votes for confirmation. In 2011 the Democratic controlled
Senate confirmed 5 Progressive Judges including
John J. McConnell, Jr. of Rhode Island, to be U.S. District Judge who failed to receive even one Republican vote!
On the issue of which political party in the Senate is closer to the Constitution than the other,
consider the passage of H.R.3590 a very unconstitutional bill. The Constitution clearly does not give Congress the power to force U.S. Citizens to buy private health insurance but the Bill passed thru the Senate along party lines 60-39-1. Not one Republican Senator voted for the Bill, in fact the Democrats refuse to even debate the constitutionality of H.R. 3590 when they voted down ( Not Well Taken
) Senator Hutchison’s
'Point of Order'
39-60-1 on December 23, 2009, 03:20 PM…once again along party lines. On December 13, 2010 almost a year after H.R. 3590 was passed (12/24/2009) by a Democrat controlled Senate and then signed by President Barack H. Obama (3/23/2010) becoming Public Law No: 111-148, H.R. 3590 has been declared 'unconstitutional' by a U.S. District Judge in Richmond Virginia. Judge Henry Hudson said that the requirement in President Barack Obama’s health-care legislation goes beyond Congress’s powers to regulate interstate commerce. Currently H.R.3590 (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is being reviewd by the TSCOTUS and the Supreme Court should have a ruling sometime by the end of June, 2012.
Naturally, there are plenty of political opinionated driven web sites on the Internet that are more than happy to tell you how Republicans are more partisan than the Democrats in the Senate, SenateReports.com™ will not be one of those sites because
the data proves otherwise…for now! SenateReports.com is a fact driven database web site that measures partisanship on the US Senate. Although SenateReports.com is
non-partisan it does favor the Constitution and its principles of Republican government.
If either party violates those principles when approving or rejecting legislation
on the Senate floor SenateReports.com will hold that Party or Senator accountable.
Ahead of the its time SenateReports.com™ displays how female Senators voted together as a voting block regardless of party affiliation. There are 17 Female Senators, 12 Democrats and 5 Republicans, you can decide for yourself if there is such a thing as a 'Female Voting Bloc' voting on 'Women Issues'.
Track, chart and compare the voting patterns of the most
Democrats in the Senate, Senators Barbara Boxer, Al Franken and the self-described
Bernard Sanders against the most Constitutional Republican Senators Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Jeff Sessions and of course John Thune. One of the most progressive Republican Senators is Olympia Snowe from Maine who in 2008 voted 73.5% with Senator Bernard Sanders compared to only 39% of the time with Senator Jim DeMint. Senator Snowe has voted with Democratic
Majority Leader Harry Reid's legislation 59% of the time compared to Jim Demint's 16% between 2005-2011
and President Obama' legislation 85% of the time compared to Jim DeMint's 23% between the years 2009-2011. The most
Democratic Senator in 2011 based on voting with the
Democratic Majority is Senator Kay Hagan from North Carolina who voted only 63%
of the time with the Democratic Majority in the Senate but in 2010 she voted 88%.
In 2011 Senator Hagan voted with President Obama's signed legislation 16 of 20 (80%)
of the time while suppporting the Democratic Leadership on 'Cloture' votes 97% of
the time, she replaced Republican Elizabeth Dole in 2009.
Open the Cloture Rankings page to review how the Senators supported
and study the rankings with the Democratic Party Leadership in the Senate.
Rankings for 2011 are completed, the results may be shocking! Senators
Mike Crapo from Idaho and Ron Johnson from Wisconsin are tied for the number one
on the Conservative Ranking List with 98%. Republican Senators Tom Coburn from Oklahoma
and Jim Risch from Idaho are tied for second with 96%. The Senate's Minority Leader
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky is tied for third with four other
Republicans with 92%. Senator John Thune from South Dakota was the most conservative
senator last year and 2009 but falls to 7th place with a 85% Conservative
Ranking Percentage. Democratic Senators Benjamin Cardin from Maryland and Patrick
Leahy from Vermont are share the number one ranking on the Progressive Ranking List
with a stelar 99% while voting for only one piece of conservative legislation. Democratic
Senators Al Franken from Minnesota and Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island share
second place with a 97% Progressive Ranking Percentage, Senator Whitehouse didn't
vote for one piece of conservative legislation in 2011. Al Franken was ranked as the number one progressive in the U.S. Senate for 2010. Check out how your Senator ranked against their fellow Senators, I'm sure you will be surprised.
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