Another Inconvenient Truth: The Democrats Only Had A Super-Majority For About Three Months

by Ben Hoffman

A lot of people think the Democrats had a super-majority for the first two years of the Obama administration, but instead of two years, it was more like three months.

  1. Democrats achieved a super-majority on July 7, 2009 when Al Franken assumed office
  2. Congress was on recess from Aug 8-Sep 5
  3. Robert Byrd was extremely sick during fall and winter of 2009 and was unable to cast his vote during much of that time.
  4. Scott Brown (R) assumed Ted Kennedy’s seat in the Senate on February 4, 2010, thus eliminating the Democrat’s super-majority.
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