McCollum gives Senate low marks for work so far

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s no secret many House Democrats are frustrated with the crawling pace of the Senate. Rep. Jim Oberstar earlier this month, when speaking about transportation funding bill delays, joked that it “seems the other body can’t walk and chew gum at the same time — It appears the other body can only do health care.”

But with 60 votes still not yet guaranteed — that’s what it would take to break an expected filibuster and vote on the health care bill — it remains to be seen whether the upper chamber will clear even that bar before its own deadline of Christmas.

Rep. Betty McCollum, a former high school social studies teacher, gave the Senate a D+ grade for 2009 — passing, but barely.

“They’ve got a lot of homework assignments they haven’t turned in yet,” she explained. “The Senate needs to buckle down and get to work. The rules in the Senate are being used to shut down democracy, in my opinion.

“I haven’t spoken to one person who doesn’t think we need major insurance reform, who thinks the system is perfect,” she said. “This is a crisis that needs to be dealt with.”

For the record, McCollum gave her own chamber an A and President Obama an A+, saying that Obama has restored the United States’ reputation in the world.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Jack Shepard on 12/20/2009 - 04:55 am.

    Betty look in the mirror!!

    Read YOUR polls 67% of Americans polled say YOU IN CONGRESS ARE DOING AN UNFAVORABLE JOB.

    It is not good any more just to be a Democrat to get re-elected in the 4th CD, YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING THIS YEAR!

    To give yourself an A, “McCollum gave her own chamber an A” SHOW OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY YOU HAVE GOTTEN SORRY.

    American voters are mad as h-ll at Congress, get to work and get us jobs and DO SOME THING and to grade yourself with an A only shows your no listening to the average Minnesota Voter.

    You not be a shoe in because you gave Al Franken a hard time or your endorse a friend for Governor twice who have no chance or beating ex-Senator Mark Dayton a good man when Minnesota needs people who do not living in the cloud and grade themselves A- while very poll disapproves of your JOB!!

    Rep. Betty McCollum, as a former high school social studies teacher I really wonder how you graded your students if you can be so very far off in grading your own performance.

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