Sarbanes Reaches Another Milestone In His Senate Career. Casts 11,000th Recorded Vote On Behalf Of The Citizens Of Maryland. Becomes Only 19th Senator In History To Achieve Such Distinction.
Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) achieved another milestone as a United States Senator by casting his 11,000th recorded vote in the Senate on behalf of the citizens of the State of Maryland. Sarbanes becomes only the 19th United States Senator in history to achieve such a remarkable distinction.
Sarbanes' 11,000th recorded vote came on an amendment by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) to legislation to increase the federal debt limit by $781 billion. The amendment would have required the Department of the Treasury to study and report on the increase of foreign holdings of U.S. debt and the consequences for America. Sarbanes voted in favor of the amendment which was defeated by a vote of 55-44.
"I would like to thank the people of Maryland for their generous support over the years, which has enabled me to meet yet another historic milestone in my Senate career," said Sarbanes. "It has indeed been a tremendous honor and privilege to have earned their respect and trust in representing the people of Maryland during my Senate career." Sarbanes also told his colleagues on the Senate floor that, "it has been a great focus and joy of my life to be able to work here in the United States Senate with all my colleagues. I am extremely grateful to all of you."
Sarbanes is the longest serving Senator in Marylands history, having been elected to his fifth full-term in November 2000. He began his representation of the people of Maryland in the United States Senate in January 1977. Sarbanes announced in March, 2005 that he would not seek reelection to a 6th term in 2006.
Almost three years ago to the day, March 23, 2003 Sarbanes reached the previous milestone of casting his 10,000th recorded vote in the Senate, also during consideration of a Senate Budget Resolution.