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Dec 02, 2013

With 46 Obsessive Repeal Votes, Boehner Leads Least Productive Republican Congress in History

Speaker John Boehner’s House has been the least productive in history – thanks to 46 obsessive votes to repeal the health care law and no votes to move forward on bipartisan legislation to pass a budget, immigration reform, a farm bill or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Reports say this Congress will enact fewer laws than at any point in the past 66 years.

“Instead of wasting time on dozens of votes to give insurance companies unchecked power, Speaker Boehner and this Congress should have been focusing on bipartisan measures to pass a budget, reform our broken immigration system, agree on a farm bill – and the list goes on and on,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Yet another consequence of Republicans’ obsessive repeal effort is their failure to pass any legislation that would help families or raise wages for the middle class.”

See today’s headlines for yourself.

Washington Post: 113th Congress, going down in history for its inaction, has a critical December to-do list: “According to congressional records, there have been fewer than 60 public laws enacted in the first 11 months of this year, so below the previous low in legislative output that officials have already declared this first session of the 113th Congress the least productive ever. In 1995, when the newly empowered GOP congressional majority confronted the Clinton administration, 88 laws were enacted, the record low in the post-World War II era.” [The Washington Post, 12/2/13]

Wall Street Journal: Congress Faces Long To-Do List Before Year's End: “The year's final month caps a legislative session that has been long on partisanship, indecision and brinkmanship, and short on compromise and lawmaking. Congress has enacted only 52 new laws this year. At that pace, lawmakers would fall far short of the 284 laws enacted by the prior Congress from early 2011 to early 2013, according to the website GovTrack, which follows legislation. That itself was a significant drop-off from earlier sessions. Lawmakers have spent relatively little time in Washington this year. The House has been in session for 143 days so far, the Senate for 142. In 2011, the House met for 175 days and the Senate for 170.” [Wall Street Journal, 12/2/13]

USA Today: Congress hits new productivity lows: “Congress is on track to beat its own low record of productivity, enacting fewer laws this year than at any point in the past 66 years. It's a continuing slide of productivity that began in 2011, after Republicans recaptured the House majority in the 2010 elections, and the ability to find common ground has eluded the two parties while the legislative to-do list piles up. The 112th Congress, covering 2011-12, emerged as the least productive two-year legislating period on record, while 2013 is on track to become the least productive single year in modern history.” [USA Today, 11/30/13]

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