"[Gross] was also one of hardest-working members of Congress and never left the floor of the House when it was in session. He read every bill he voted on, listened to every speech made on the floor. He voted on 98 percent of all votes in his career. He avoided all parties and receptions and spent his evenings poring over government documents. He constantly demanded quorum calls (forcing members to be on the floor during debate), so often that Time magazine called him the 'Pest of the House.' And he constantly made the chairman of the Appropriations Committee explain what was in every bill."