That’s how many times House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have voted the same way during Boehner’s 32-month speakership.
Boehner, an Ohio Republican, has cast just 19 floor votes since January 2011, in keeping with a tradition of the House speaker rarely voting, according to Bloomberg Government data.
On the five occasions that Boehner voted the same way as Pelosi, a Californian who’s the House Democratic leader, they were on the winning side.
In August 2011, Boehner and Pelosi voted for a budget compromise that raised the debt ceiling and also implemented spending cuts. The agreement, known as the Budget Control Act, passed the House by 269-161, with backing from 73 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Democrats.
On Jan. 1, Boehner and Pelosi voted for a compromise to avert the so-called fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. Boehner was among the 36 percent of Republicans voting in favor along with 91 percent of Democrats. Most Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, opposed the measure. Boehner and Pelosi also voted yes on a procedural vote preceding final passage of the fiscal-cliff deal.
In July, the two House leaders voted against an amendment that would have curbed the National Security Agency’s ability to collect phone records. The proposal from Michigan Republican Justin Amash was rejected on a 205-217 vote, with 59 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats in opposition. Later that month, Boehner and Pelosi were among 400 House members voting for a bill that would strengthen U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Now Boehner and Pelosi support President Barack Obama’s proposal to conduct military airstrikes in Syria. Opponents in Congress outnumber supporters at the moment, according to Bloomberg News reporting.
President Barack Obama, in Russia yesterday for meetings with other leaders of the Group of 20 nations, “searched for diplomatic backing for a U.S. military strike on Syria while his aides in Washington sought to shore up domestic support,” Bloomberg’s Joe Sobczyk and Roger Runningen reported.