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

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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

by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM
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Yet you have no clue what "led by" means.

Your "insults" would have more impact if they actually made sense.
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.


 



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radioheid
by Libertarian on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM
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 No, I wrote it right. Congress has been pretty useless for years, and nobody can really argue otherwise.

I don't care which buttcheek---Democrat or Republican---is running Congress, the Senate or the Oval Office, it is still part of the same giant butt that is the American 2-party political system.

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

 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.

 

 


"Roger that. Over."

R   A   D    I    O    H    E    I    D

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM
Quoting Stephanie329:





I think "led by" also means in control of, what do you think that it means?
Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Hello?

Quoting Stephanie329:

Yet you have no clue what "led by" means.

Your "insults" would have more impact if they actually made sense.
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.


 


 


tambrathegreat
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 4:43 PM
3 moms liked this

These Tea Party Republicans are traitors to the people of this country and border on traitorous to the US.  I think anyone who supports them is an idiot at best.  Their main goal since being elected has been to obstruct the duly elected POTUS as much as possible and to further the agenda of the Koch brothers.  Why don't (Fox-watching) people see this?

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM


Quoting tambrathegreat:

These Tea Party Republicans are traitors to the people of this country and border on traitorous to the US.  I think anyone who supports them is an idiot at best.  Their main goal since being elected has been to obstruct the duly elected POTUS as much as possible and to further the agenda of the Koch brothers.  Why don't (Fox-watching) people see this?

Probably because it is not true.

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Hola?

Quoting Stephanie329:

Yet you have no clue what "led by" means.

Your "insults" would have more impact if they actually made sense.
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.


 


 


tambrathegreat
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM
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Quoting Billiejeens:


Quoting tambrathegreat:

These Tea Party Republicans are traitors to the people of this country and border on traitorous to the US.  I think anyone who supports them is an idiot at best.  Their main goal since being elected has been to obstruct the duly elected POTUS as much as possible and to further the agenda of the Koch brothers.  Why don't (Fox-watching) people see this?

Probably because it is not true.

It is, but you won't see it because you're one of the main Teabilly supporters on this site.


stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I would say if you look back at the Johnson administration we have a similar situation right now.

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM
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Quoting tambrathegreat:

Quoting Billiejeens:

 

Quoting tambrathegreat:

These Tea Party Republicans are traitors to the people of this country and border on traitorous to the US.  I think anyone who supports them is an idiot at best.  Their main goal since being elected has been to obstruct the duly elected POTUS as much as possible and to further the agenda of the Koch brothers.  Why don't (Fox-watching) people see this?

Probably because it is not true.

It is, but you won't see it because you're one of the main Teabilly supporters on this site.

OH,

Well in that case - please do not insult other members.

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