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Bravo republicans under your leadership - 112th Congress Set To Become Most Unproductive Since 1940s

Posted by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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WASHINGTON -- As 2012 comes to a close, the 112th Congress is set to go down in American history as the most unproductive session since the 1940s.

According to a Huffington Post review of all the bills that hit President Barack Obama's desk this session, Obama has signed 219 bills passed by the 112th Congress into law. With less than a week to go in the year, there are currently another 20 bills pending presidential action. In comparison, the last Congress passed 383 bills, while the one before it passed 460.

The 104th Congress (1995-1996) currently holds the ignominious distinction of being the least productive session of Congress, according to the U.S. House Clerk's Office, which has records going back to 1947. Just 333 bills became law during that two-year period, meaning the 112th Congress needs to send nearly 100 more bills to Obama's desk in the next few days if it wants to avoid going down in history -- an unlikely prospect, considering that both chambers are squarely focused on averting the "fiscal cliff" before the new year.

The 112th Congress has done far less than the 80th Congress (1947-1948), which President Harry Truman infamously dubbed the "Do-Nothing Congress." Those lawmakers passed 906 bills that became law.

While Obama has signed several pieces of large, consequential legislation in the past two years -- such as sanctions on Iran and the National Defense Authorization Act, allowing the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects without charge -- many of the bills passed by Congress have been small and noncontroversial.

At least 40 bills, including ones awaiting Obama's signature, concerned the renaming of post offices or other public buildings. Another six dealt with commemorative coins.

Meanwhile, significant pieces of legislation that have traditionally received bipartisan support -- such as the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act -- have been blocked.

House Republicans have also held votes to repeal Obamacare more than 30 times since gaining control of the chamber in 2011, despite the fact that such a measure has no chance of passing the Democratically controlled Senate or being signed by Obama.

When asked for comment on the record of the 112th Congress, Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), pointed to the 115 times the Republican minority has held up a bill's passage by threatening to filibuster it. House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office did not return a request for comment.

The lack of bipartisanship in Congress has been lost on no one. In April, Thomas Mann of the left-leaning Brookings Institution and Norm Ornstein of the conservative American Enterprise Institute published a Washington Post op-ed saying that the GOP deserves the blame for the dysfunction.

"We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional," they wrote. "In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party."

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) also cited the hyper-partisan, unproductive atmosphere of Congress when she announced her retirement in February.

"[W]hat I have had to consider is how productive an additional term would be. Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term," she said. "So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail."

Congress' approval rating currently stands at 18 percent

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radioheid
by Libertarian on Dec. 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM
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 I don't think anyone can argue that Congress hasn't been useless for several years.


"Roger that. Over."

R   A   D    I    O    H    E    I    D

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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 I wasn't aware that there were only Republicans in the House and Senate this year.

Personally, I don't care how MANY bills they passed....I care about the actual bills passed and the work they actually FAILED to do...with a big focus on what they failed to do.............and there is plenty of this blame to go around.

 

ambertreas76
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM
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The responsibility of possibly falling off the fiscal cliff should be handed to both parties.  It is not only Republicans.  It is not only Democrats.  It is everyone'e inability to create a sustaining economy due to their own agendas.

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM
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The house has produced many bi-partisan bills, sent them to the Democrat controlled Senate, Harry Reid puts them in a drawer, doesn't even look at them - the Senate has done nothing in 4 years.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 I wasn't aware that there were only Republicans in the House and Senate this year.

Personally, I don't care how MANY bills they passed....I care about the actual bills passed and the work they actually FAILED to do...with a big focus on what they failed to do.............and there is plenty of this blame to go around.

 


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

 I am 100% sure you meant usefull! lol

From 2000-2006 it was led by republicans

from 2006-2010 it was led by democrats

from 2010 to present its been led by republicans

 so in the past 13 years, it's only been led by dems for 4 years...

;-)

Quoting radioheid:

 I don't think anyone can argue that Congress hasn't been useless for several years.

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM
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 Who said only republicans are in the house and senate?

the title says UNDER REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP...

 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 I wasn't aware that there were only Republicans in the House and Senate this year.

Personally, I don't care how MANY bills they passed....I care about the actual bills passed and the work they actually FAILED to do...with a big focus on what they failed to do.............and there is plenty of this blame to go around.

 

 

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM
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You are one of those libs that Don't know what words mean -

Congress consists of The House and The Senate.


 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 I am 100% sure you meant usefull! lol

From 2000-2006 it was led by republicans

from 2006-2010 it was led by democrats

from 2010 to present its been led by republicans -SPLIT

 so in the past 13 years, it's only been led by dems for 4 years...

;-)

Quoting radioheid:

 I don't think anyone can argue that Congress hasn't been useless for several years.

 


yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM
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Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 Who said only republicans are in the house and senate?

the title says UNDER REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP...

 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 I wasn't aware that there were only Republicans in the House and Senate this year.

Personally, I don't care how MANY bills they passed....I care about the actual bills passed and the work they actually FAILED to do...with a big focus on what they failed to do.............and there is plenty of this blame to go around.

 

 

 I didn't know Reid had changed parties. 

Bills don't get to the president's desk without going through both houses do they?  If Reid doesn't bring them to a vote they cannot pass...............or has something changed since I got my degree in Political Science?

As I said...there is plenty of blame to go around.

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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Quoting Billiejeens:

You are one of those libs that Don't know what words mean -

Congress consists of The House and The Senate.


 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 I am 100% sure you meant usefull! lol

From 2000-2006 it was led by republicans

from 2006-2010 it was led by democrats

from 2010 to present its been led by republicans -SPLIT

 so in the past 13 years, it's only been led by dems for 4 years...

;-)

Quoting radioheid:

 I don't think anyone can argue that Congress hasn't been useless for several years.

 

 

 LOL!  Funny isn't it!

 

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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I'm not sure this is a bad thing...
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