Thursday, April 24, 2014
Those interested in the political process may want to tune into the U.S. Senate this afternoon (Thursday) beginning around 2 p.m. That is when Maine’s own Sen. Susan Collins is expected to cast her 5,000th consecutive vote.
While nowhere near a record (she would have to more than double her streak to overtake the king of not missing votes, the late Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire), Collins’ feat is still noteworthy. And Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate are expected to mark the occasion the way that senators do best: with floor speeches.
Collins, a Republican, has never missed a vote since joining the Senate in 1997. As The Associated Press’ David Sharp wrote last week, Maine’s junior senator has worked hard to make every vote, even twisting an ankle while scrambling to get to the Senate floor in time.
The Senate offers a live video feed on the chamber’s website, www.senate.gov/floor/index.htm. The Senate also archives old video on the site. CSPAN-2 has also been carrying the Senate feed on Thursday.
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