Be prepared for an onslaught of new polling as we head into the second week of the Obama-Reid government shutdown. Regardless of what those polls say, you can guarantee they will be repeated ad nausea in the media. Here are some numbers you probably won’t see if you flip on the television.
33.75. The number of hours Harry Reid’s Senate has been in session since the government shut down. This may be what passes for full-time work in the Obama economy – and it is actually defined as full time under Obamacare – but for most Americans it falls woefully short. And even when the Senate was in session, Americans tuning into C-SPAN 2 looking for leadership were frequently greeted by the infamous Quorum Call. By comparison, the House logged more than 50 hours during the first six days of the shutdown.
10. The number of funding bills the White House has threatened to veto since the government shutdown began. President Obama “would veto” “appropriations
legislation that restores only very limited activities” because it “is not a serious or responsible.” Of course, the President was in favor of “piecemeal” bills before he was against them, having signed the Pay Our Military Act, which ensured our troops would be paid during the shutdown, on October 1.
8. The number of bills passed by the Republican-controlled House and ignored by Harry Reid’s Senate. These bills include funding for military veterans benefits, which Nancy Pelosi called “a waste of time.” Other bills include funding for national parks, clinical cancer trails for children, and the National Guard and military reservists. Multiple times last week, conservative senators including Ted Cruz and Mike Lee asked for these bill to be passed by unanimous consent, and each time a Democrat objected.
1. The number of roll call votes conducted in Harry Reid’s Senate has been in session since the government shut down. To be clear, that vote did not come after 30+ hours of debate on an issue, but rather at 9:35 AM on October 1. Minutes after convening on Day 1 of the shutdown, the Senate voted along party lines to reject yet another attempt by the Republican-controlled House to fund the government.