GOP Senate did one thing in 2006: Kill Democratic initiatives

Of all the nauseating tactics used by the Republican party in the 2006, midterm election campaign, one of the more galling was their continued insistence that Democrats had "no plan" for national security. To provide cover for that bogus claim, the Senate's GOP leadership made damn sure that, on September 13, 2006, they killed 528 pages of a national-security blueprint, proposed by Democrats, called the Real Security Act of 2006 -- and then went around for the next six weeks saying the Democrats had no plan.

That legislation, dumped on an almost-straight party line vote, was one of many Democratic-sponsored measures to die in the Republican-controlled Senate in 2006 and part of a whopping three-quarters of Democratic initiatives squashed over the two years of the 109th Congress.

An analysis of all Senate roll call votes in 2006, shows that, true to the form they established the previous year, the GOP killed most legislation proposed by Senate Democrats. In all, Democrats were able to scrape together a handful of Republican votes to pass just 28 pieces of legislation in all of 2006.

There were 279 roll call votes in the second half of the 109th Congress -- January through December of this year -- and 104 votes involved measures sponsored by Democrats. Of those, 73, or 70 percent, had a negative outcome, meaning that they were rejected in an up-or-down vote or tabled/killed by the GOP majority. (And this is with a generous interpretation that gives Republicans "credit" for allowing benign, crowd-pleasers to pass, such as a Barbara Boxer amendment to punish parents who have committed incest and a measure by Barack Obama for Katrina relief, which both passed by unanimous votes. )

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