Lies are easy to get away with if they are repeated often enough and given voice by many different people.

House Rep. House other Legis. Starting January 2009, at the beginning of the 111th Congress, in the month that Barack Obama was inaugurated president, the House of Representatives was made up of 257 Democrats and 178 Republicans. Akron Beacon Journal ~ 388 S. Main St. Suite 720 Akron, OH 44311 ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Cookie Policy ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Privacy Policy ~ Terms Of Service ~ Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. 3 0? Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. The 59 number in January, 2009 included Ted Kennedy and Al Franken.

For a lie to prosper, as it were, there needs to be a shred of truth woven inside the lie. %PDF-1.5 %���� Congress addressed the financial meltdown and subsequent global recession by clearing a stimulus package followed by comprehensive financial regulation. Attic, Thomas Jefferson BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515(202) 226-1300, /tiles/non-collection/C/Chamber_PA2015_06_0082.xml, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives. See, Congressional Record, 111th Cong., 2nd sess., (July 15, 2010): H5656. ', Lies make it impossible for people to communicate with each other......lies make it impossible to, as the Villagers often talk about it, have a real "conversation. American Samoa. Democrats controlled the 111th Congress (2009–2011) with majorities in both houses of Congress alongside the country’s first African-American president, Democrat Barack Obama.

But it takes 60 Senate votes to even have a chance of being voted upon.

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History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “111th Congress (2009–2011),” https://history.house.gov/Congressional-Overview/Profiles/111th/ The swearing in of Kirk finally gave Democrats 60 votes (at least potentially) in the Senate. Yes, for 4 entire months. It is absolutely true that from 2009-2011, Democrats and President Obama had "total control" of the House of Representatives. Democrats picked up at least six Senate seats and 18 in the House of Representatives, where their hold was already strong. House * The 2000 election resulted in a 50–50 tie in the Senate, and the … 9 years ago. A number of issues remained unaddressed, however, including deficit reduction, energy and the environment, campaign-finance reform, and regular appropriations. �����YL �U���=��7%0fkS�bY⹃��3A\+��j�#ԬW@�俆��e7U������3@� �[ 111-83) [PDF], Bill Summary & Status for the 111th Congress, Résumés of Congressional Activity for the 111th Congress [PDF], Session Dates - 110th to Current Congress, Saturday Sunday Sessions - 110th to Current Congress, Joint Meetings, Joint Sessions, & Inaugurations - 100th to Current Congress, https://history.house.gov/Congressional-Overview/Profiles/111th/, the Committee on House Administration, and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from consideration of the bill (, the Committee on Ways and Means from consideration of the bill (, the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (, the Committee on Energy and Commerce from the consideration of the bill (, the Committee on Armed Services from the consideration of the bill (, the Committee on Natural Resources from the consideration of the bill (, the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Rules, House Administration, and Appropriations from the consideration of the bill (, the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Appropriations, Ways and Means, "Total control", then, of the Senate requires 60 Democratic or Republican Senators.

After months of negotiations, Democratic leadership … Kennedy was still at home, dying, and Al Franken was still not seated. 1565 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<82AFAEDED98F3C4D8F40930D5FCD9F8E>]/Index[1547 30]/Info 1546 0 R/Length 96/Prev 93880/Root 1548 0 R/Size 1577/Type/XRef/W[1 3 1]>>stream

Kennedy's empty seat was temporarily filled by Paul Kirk but not until September 24, 2009. *Party division totals are based on election day results. A grand total of 4 months. In May, 2009, Robert Byrd got sick and did not return to the Senate until July 21, 2009. A majority vote in the House is all that's necessary to pass legislation, except in rare occurrences (treaty ratification, overriding a presidential veto). ", One particular lie, often stated by right-of-center advocates, is the statement...."if Barack Obama wanted to increase taxes on the rich, stop the wars, pass a budget...blah, blah.....he could have chosen to do so because he had "total control" of the House and Senate for two full years.".

On January 20th, 2009, 57 Senate seats were held by Democrats with 2 Independents (Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman) caucusing with the Democrats...which gave Democrats 59 mostly-reliable Democratic votes in the Senate, one shy of filibuster-proof "total control." Okay, that's the House during the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency. House Rep. House other: ... Senate Rep. Senate other Total House House Dem. Repeat a lie often enough and that lie often becomes conventional wisdom. %%EOF Even with numerous "blue-dog" (allegedly fiscally conservative) Democrats often voting with Republicans.....Speaker Pelosi had little difficulty passing legislation in the House. 2009 State and Legislative Partisan Composition. The real Democratic Senate seat number in January, 2009 was 55 Democrats plus 2 Independents equaling 57 Senate seats. Sometimes the "two full years" is omitted from the statement......but the lie is spread nevertheless, by the "total control of Congress" phrase. 0 39. STATE: Total Seats; Total Senate Senate Dem. �x�'�b�^�O6h��@�O��Sb��8&'Zac�> b��a�6[fBS30@�r�^�� ���5_�N��V]�$����4WR~ ��r����b*��NP�ֱ-�8w�'q����c�����!K�VR��X��dP� �]ahڧ��(*�n�'U��cQD�$�"vD3�~�[BT(�r�P��0p�_���Kc`�����!����q����o��l���K� �hY� +�l All rights reserved. In its last weeks, after Republicans won the House during the 2010 election, the 111th Congress renewed expiring tax cuts and repealed policies that prevented gays and lesbians from openly serving in the armed forces. The House Chamber was remodeled in 1950 and updated with electronic voting in 1972.

Administration, and Rules from the consideration of the bill, the Committee on Ways and Means from the consideration of the bill, Official Alphabetical List of Members for the 111th Congress, Official List of Members by State for the 111th Congress, Learn more about the House of Representatives with an, Official List of Standing Committees & Subcommittees for the 111th Congress, Official Alphabetical List of Members with Committee Assignments for the 111th Congress. Score in April, 2009....Democratic votes 58. Then in April, 2009, Republican Senator Arlen Specter became a Democrat. h�b`````�����(���

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Democrats, and therefore, Obama, had "total control" of the Senate from September 24, 2009 until February 4, 2010. Party Territory Control. And it was during that very small time window that Obamacare was passed in the Senate with 60 all-Democratic votes. (Technically, there are 40 Republicans, 58 Democrats, and … {v�)�sDE��D� +3��B)��޵r����J��Z�������f�`/B����8^�[I������&.

The current United State Senate makeup, as of November 18th 2009, is 60 Democrats and 40 Republicans. Even though Franken was finally seated July 7, 2009 and Byrd returned on July 21.....Democrats still only had 59 votes in the Senate because Kennedy never returned, dying on August 25, 2009. U��$��/Q�&�؋&Dў��j2�ݛ����� Democrats controlled the 111th Congress (2009–2011) with majorities in both houses of Congress alongside the country’s first African-American president, Democrat Barack Obama. The Senate operates with the 60-vote-requirement filibuster rule. endstream endobj 1548 0 obj <>/Metadata 18 0 R/Outlines 22 0 R/PageLayout/SinglePage/Pages 1545 0 R/StructTreeRoot 25 0 R/Type/Catalog>> endobj 1549 0 obj <>/Font<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/Type/Page>> endobj 1550 0 obj <>stream