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