Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bachman and Kline: Peas in a Pod

I been noticing disturbing trend with U.S. Representatives Michele Bachman and John Kline. This year both have voted the same on every single issue (minus one!). Statistically what is the chances of that? Are they really just partisan lapdogs twins separated at birth?

Most recently, they both voted against Making College Education More Affordable for Minnesotan.

Second and Sixth District Republicans Vote against Making College
Education More Affordable for Minnesotans
St. Paul, MN (July 12, 2007)

U.S. Representatives Michele Bachmann and John Kline once again sided against Minnesota students and their families Wednesday when they voted against the College Cost Reduction Act (H.R. 2669), which would ease the cost of a college education for middle-class and working families.

This is not the first time Representatives Bachmann and Kline have stood against Minnesotans’ attempting to improve their lives through higher education: InJanuary, both also voted against the College Student Relief Act (H.R. 5), which gradually reduces interest rates on student loans. Both bills overwhelmingly passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.Minnesota college graduates’ average debt load already ranks among the highest in the country. The College Cost Reduction Act would save the average Minnesotacollege student over $4,000 in interest repayment, and would increase the size of Pell Grants for as many as 86,000 more students.

1 comment:

McPherson Hall said...

Boehner stresses party unity above all else … so there should be no surprise that they would vote in unison.
I haven’t looked at all the Roll Call votes, but I was wondering how many times Minnesota Congressmen voted outside of Party instructions. My data is incomplete (as I have only looked at the votes through mid-February); however there are three votes where Kline and Bachmann voted differently. Interestingly, Bachmann voted against her party’s majority on two occasions while Kline voted once.
For example on Roll Call 17 – Fair Minimum Wage Act, Bachmann joined with 53 of her colleagues and 233 Democrats while Kline joined 143 Republicans. The other two instances were : Roll Call 63 – which was just a resolution asking the United Kingdom to investigate a murder (Bachmann joined with 139 Republicans and 224 Democrats while Kline voted with others in the minority to tally 34 votes against the measure); and, Roll Call 102 – Small Business Relief Act (Bachmann stood alone with 44 other colleagues to vote against the legislation while Kline and 140 other Republicans and 219 Democrats voted to pass it.)

It may not be a simple case of “peas in a pod”, since overwhelmingly they voted in synch with their Party Bosses. If you want someone who votes independently of Party Bosses, it is Jim Ramstad as there 15 votes in the first 100 Roll Call votes.
So the only question is who represents you in Congress? Jim Ramstad may represent you (if you agree with his votes) but Bachmann and Kline are just party lackeys. I pity the people in the 2nd and 6th Districts; they don’t have anyone to even question their Party Bosses.