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The SENATE of the One Hundred and Twelfth Congress Second Session will CONVENE 2:00 P.M. on Monday, June 4, 2012.


1. S.3220 (ORDER NO. 410) - 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 3220, a bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes; provided, that the mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII be waived.


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May 23, 2012 Democratic senators, joined by women leaders, call on Republicans to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, and allow swift passage in the Senate. Maybe they should start will their own Party before blaming Republicans on unequal pay for women! May 23, 2012 Senator Richard Durbin speaks about safety concerns concerning dietary supplementsto and urges the Senate to pass his Amendment to  S.3187 (Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act ).
S.Amdt.2127 was 'Table' and not allowed to procced forward for debate.

May 23, 2012 Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid urges Republicans to join Democrats in a bipartisanship manner to pass S.3187 (Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act ) .

May 22, 2012 Senator Jeff Bingaman speaks in favor of his upcoming Admendment (S.Admt.2111) to S.3187 (Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act)

Senate Status

  • May 25, 2012 as the Senate prepares to debate the merits of S. 3220, a bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 in reguards to equal pay for women, 'The Women of the Senate' held a news conference on May 23, 2012 urging the Republicans to join them in the spirit of bipartisanship to pass the bill. But during the news conference on May 23, 2012 many of these women Democratic Senators including Senators Murray (WA) and Boxer (CA) accused Republicans of unequal pay practices towards women when in fact the Democrats themselves have not been paying their women staffers the same as men.
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    Senator Murray, who has often accused Republicans of waging a 'war on women' turns out to be one of the worst offenders, she pays her female staffers about $21,000 less per year than her male staffers...that is a difference of 35%.  Senator Boxer's female staffers earned less than $5,000 or 7% than the male staffers. It seems the worst offender of the 'gender pay gap' is the Democratic-Socialist Senator from Vermont who employes 4 more men than women and pays them on average 47% more money than his women staffers.  Remember to a Marxist what  is or is not FAIR is only determined by other Marxists....ha...ha!
  • May 24, 2012 the Senate debated the following Amendments to S.3187 - The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act Sponsored by Democratic Senator Tom Harkin was passed thru the Senate without any additional Amendments on a bipartisan roll call vote of 96-1-3 with only the Democratic-Socialist from Vermont Senator Bernard Sanders voting against the Bill. Senator Sanders said on his web site, "The most pressing prescription drug issue in our country today is that Americans pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for their medicine and millions of people cannot afford the medications their doctors prescribe.  I voted against this bill because it does far too little to address this crisis while it perpetuates a prescription drug system that continues to fail the American people".  Senator Sanders had the worst results today with only 7 of his fellow 'Democratic-Socialists'...err...Democrats and only one Republican (John McCain) voting for his proposed Amendment. Senator Rand Paul's Amendment failed to reach the Senate Floor for a roll call vote and was desposed by the Democrat majority quickly with a 'Table' Motion without gaining a single Democrat roll call vote to proceed forward for debate.

    In other matters S.2343 the "Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012" Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was 'Rejected' on a roll call vote of 51-43-6 when it failed to meet the 60 vote threshold needed to pass. This 'Progressive' piece of legislation earned 49 Democrat roll call votes with Senator James Webb (VA) being the only Democrat to vote against the Bill. S.2343 failed to earn one Republican vote in the affirmative while Senator Snowe (MA) seemed to think it was a good time to vote 'Present'.
    Amendment SponsorImage LinkParty
    Roll Call Vote Result Dem Yeas Dem Nays Dem Maj Rep  Yeas Rep Nays Rep Maj Fem Yeas Fem Nays Fem Maj
    S.Admt.2111 Senator Bingaman Senator Lee (UT) 91% 93% 50% 28-67-5 Rejected 24 25 -1 3 41 -38 6 9 -3
    S.Admt.2107 Senator McCain Senator McCain (AZ) 85% 43% 75% 43-54-3 Rejected 26 24 2 16 29 -13 9 7 2
    S.Admt.2109 Senator Sanders Senator Sanders (VT) 90% 93% 25% 9-88-3 Rejected 7 43 -36 1 44 -43 0 16 -16
    S.Admt.2108 Senator Murkowski Senator Vitter (LA) 68% 43% 100% 46-50-4 Rejected 35 15 20 9 35 -26 13 3 10
    Senator Durbin Senator Durbin (IL) 98% 100% 75% 77-20-3 Agreed to 31 19 12 45 0 45 0 16 -16
    Senator Paul Senator Paul (KY) 79% 29% 50% 78-15-7 Agreed to 47 0 47 29 15 14 13 1 12

Which political party actually has been in control of the Senate since 2006? Consider the 'The Gang of  20'. Senators with over twenty years of Senate service have much more power in the Senate than Senators with less seniority and seniority has a heavy influence on which Senators are assigned to which prestigious committees. The Democrats have controlled the gang of twenty since 2005 (yes even during the Bush years) when it was 16 Democrats, 12 Republicans with over twenty years of Senate service, now under Obama its 18 Democrats, 8 Republicans, but on May 8, 2012 Senator Richard Lugar lost his GOP Primary and will be leaving the Senate after 36 years in January 2013.

The late Robert C. Byrd had almost 54 years of Senate Service. Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye from Hawaii will started his 9th term in the Senate Janauary 2011, he is 86 years old and will have 54 years of Senate service when his 9th term ends sometime around January, 2017 when he is 92 years old.  Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland is one of the most progressive democrats in the Senate and has been a member of the 'Gang of 20' for over 15 years!

Gang of 20 (After 113 Roll Call Votes)
Last Name First Name State Party Party
Inouye Daniel Hawaii Democratic 92% 54
Leahy Patrick Vermont Democratic 92% 42
Baucus Max Montana Democratic 90% 37
Levin Carl Michigan Democratic 92% 36
Kerry John Massachusetts Democratic 95% 30
Reid Harry Nevada Democratic 94% 30
Harkin Tom Iowa Democratic 91% 30
Bingaman Jeff New Mexico Democratic 90% 30
Rockefeller Jay West Virginia Democratic 90% 30
Mikulski Barbara Maryland Democratic 89% 30
Conrad Kent North Dakota Democratic 90% 26
Murray Patty Washington Democratic 97% 24
Kohl Herbert Wisconsin Democratic 96% 24
Boxer Barbara California Democratic 92% 24
Lieberman Joseph Connecticut Independent 88% 24
Akaka Daniel Hawaii Democratic 88% 23
Wyden Ron Oregon Democratic 98% 21
Feinstein Dianne California Democratic 93% 20
Total Senators 18 Party
Percent Avg
Last Name   State Party Party
Lugar Richard Indiana Republican 87% 36
Grassley Charles Iowa Republican 83% 36
Cochran Thad Mississippi Republican 81% 36
Hatch Orrin Utah Republican 66% 36
McConnell Mitch Kentucky Republican 90% 30
Shelby Richard Alabama Republican 87% 30
McCain John Arizona Republican 83% 30
Inhofe James Oklahoma Republican 84% 21
Total Senators 8 Party
Percent Avg

James Inhofe John McCain Richard Shelby Mitch McConnell Orrin Hatch Thad Cochran Richard Lugar Charles Grassley Dianne Feinstein Ron Wyden Daniel Akaka Joseph Lieberman Hebert Kohl Patty Murray Barbara Boxer Kent Conrad John Kerry Jay Rockefeller Tom Harkin Harry Reid Barbara Mikulski Jeff Bingaman Carl Levin Max Baucus Patrick Leahy Daniel Inouye

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