Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week

By: Sophie Gilbert

Technology is great and everything, but sometimes we can’t help but miss the days when outrage was expressed through op-eds and cable news soundbites, not tweets. These days, if it isn’t healthcare it’s the deficit; if it isn’t the deficit it’s federal funding for abortion; and if it isn’t federal funding for abortion it’s the trying of terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian courts rather than military tribunals. It’s Twitter, y’all! How can you possibly delve into complicated policy matters in 140 characters or less? Plus, all the back-slapping, sycophantic RT-ing between party members is getting really old.

In other news, David Vitter saved raw oysters! We’re starting to worry about John Shimkus—when he isn’t constantly quoting passages from the Bible, he’s repeating himself. Repeatedly. Chuck Grassley is back! Zach Wamp knows his strengths, Bob Goodlatte is eating chips, Paul Ryan knows who your daddy is, Denny Rehberg is checking his facts (better late than never), Mary Fallin is looking forward to “Going Rogue” and John McCain is sarcastic. Only one question remains: What is this “stimulous” you speak of, Joe Wilson? It sounds fabulous.

RepTomPrice  It’s a perilous decision to treat 9/11 terrorists like common criminals.
Rep. Tom Price, GA.

DavidVitter  FDA has agreed to back off our oysters-great win for LA jobs and consumers!
Sen. David Vitter, LA.

zachwamp  Love the pride in Ripley, Dyersburg, Tiptonville. Salt of the earth people ready 4 Governor like them. Values,hard work+merit-my strengths !
Rep. Zach Wamp, TN.

ThadMcCotter  It is wrong for this administration to care more about the ACLU’S radical ideology than about Americans’ national security.
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, MI.

IRL  Taped Channel 2 TV show called Issues on health care, 9/11 mastermind trial in NYC, Honduras, Sarah Palin, etc.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL.

RepShimkus  Galations 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Rep. John Shimkus, IL

RoyBlunt  Visited with Missourians this morning at Burgher Haus, Nic-Nac Cafe & McDonald’s in California.
Rep. Roy Blunt, MO.

jahimes  Just raked about 1000 lbs of wet leaves from backyard. Going clamming in 45 minutes. Low tide at 3:30. Pasta with clams tonight.
Rep. Jim Himes, CT.

ChuckGrassley  Did Bfast Wloo Gates Optimist Pancakes. Helps w education at Cunningham school. Rest of Sat at finals HS Voleyball in CRapids.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

SenGillibrand  Looking forward to event in NYC Monday AM with Rep. Maloney, Gloria Steinem, Speaker Quinn & other women leaders to protest Stupak amndmnt
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, NY.

RepShimkus  Psalm 15:1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
Rep. John Shimkus, IL.

MaryFallin Happy Statehood Day Oklahoma! Today is 102nd anniversary of when we joined the union. Ooooooook-lahoma!
Rep. Mary Fallin, Ok.

RepGoodlatte At the Route 11 Potato Chips plnt n/ Mt Jackson & Shen Cavrns. 35 employees make great potato chips! Sweet potato chips were cooking today!
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, VA.

reppaulryan Great piece by Pat McIlheran in yesterday’s MJS: “Who’s your daddy? Uncle Sam” - http://www.jsonline.com/new...
Rep. Paul Ryan, WI.

RepShimkus Just finished voting to name three post offices.
Rep. John Shimkus, IL.

RepShimkus Just finished voting on the floor of the house. We named three post offices.
Rep. John Shimkus, IL.

RepShimkus Just finished voting. Three post offices now have names.
Rep. John Shimkus, IL.

DennyRehberg Obama has 120 million Twitter followers, but has never used Twitter. http://tinyurl.com/yjkfffn I personally Tweet and Facebook
Rep. Denny Rehberg, MT.

DennyRehberg Obama has 2.6 million Twitter followers, but has never used Twitter. http://tinyurl.com/yjkfffn I personally Tweet and Facebook
Rep. Denny Rehberg, MT.

MaryFallin Gov. Palin’s book is on sale today. Sounds like a good read. I bet sales are great.
Rep. Mary Fallin, OK.

SenJohnMcCain Goldman Sachs: $500 Million for small business assistance & $16.71 Billion for bonuses – wow, thank you sirs... http://tinyurl.com/ya6ejce
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

CongJoeWilson Credibility of administration reaches new low with stimulous website boasting fake districts with fake jobs, an insult to people unemployed.
Rep. Joe Wilson, SC.

repgregwalden CDC testifies 22 mil in US have contracted H1N1; 98 thous hospitalized; 4 thous deaths. 49.9 million vaccine doses avail to states.
Rep. Greg Walden, OR.

SenSherrodBrown Just left upbeat mtg with full Dem caucus on health bill. Still optimistic we will send Pres good bill with strong public option. Sherrod
Sen. Sherrod Brown, OH.

clairecmc Remember that when Medicare passed there were dire warnings about governmt takeover and rationed care. Dire but wrong.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

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