Capitol Words “lets you see what are the most popular words spoken by lawmakers on the House and Senate floor.” It uses the Congressional Record to give “you an at-a-glance view of which issues lawmakers address on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” by “Congress as a whole, by state delegation or by specific lawmaker” including trends over time.
Who says “Kyoto” the most? Why that would be Sen. James Inhofe (R-OIL), 94 times in the past two years — more than double that of the next 9 members combined. In second place, way behind, is John Kerry (D-MA) with a mere 16.
“IPCC“? Inhofe 87 times, next 9 members combined, 48. Kind of sobering since the IPCC is supposed to be a body whose work is cited by those seeking to advance climate action in this country (see “Has the IPCC rendered itself irrelevant?“)
But I seriously doubt you’ll guess which member of Congress has used the phrase “cap-and-trade” most. Or “caribou.” Or “hell.”
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) used cap-and-trade 41 times beating out Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) with 35. Interestingly, Thune’s most commonly used words in the last two years (ignoring all the common, little words like “the”), are
Inhofe’s favorite word is “billion” too. I assume this is conservatives declaiming against the excesses of federal government spending. Where were they from 2001 through 2006?
As for caribou, that would be Rep. Steve King (R-IA) — who knew that Iowa had so many reindeer? Heck, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) only used the word 12 times.
As for “hell” … that would be Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), whose favorite word is “service.”
So, go ahead, waste some time on Capitol Words, and let me know if you find anything interesting.