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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:54 AM

112th Congress Set To Become Most Unproductive Since 1940s

Source: Huffington Post

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.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/28/congress-unproductive_n_2371387.html



John Boehner is the Worst Speaker I can remember.

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onehandle Dec 2012 OP
samsingh Dec 2012 #1
Turbineguy Dec 2012 #2
leftlibdem420 Dec 2012 #3
Posteritatis Dec 2012 #4
Historic NY Dec 2012 #5
Ineeda Dec 2012 #6

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:55 AM

1. go repugs. you're #1!

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:05 AM

2. Well, that gives the 113th a standard to go by.

Let's see if they'll be worse.

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:07 PM

3. 80th, 104th, and 112th: All failures of Republican obstructionism...

 

I'm not expecting more of 113. They're too busy preaching fundamentalist dogma while getting fat off government benefits that they would deny to the rest of us and sleeping with their relatives, making racist jokes about the President, and abusing alcohol behind close doors.

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:36 PM

4. I wonder if they'll actually attain negative productivity in a few years. (nt)

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:37 PM

5. I applaud them on their impressive goal....

dumb shits.

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:31 PM

6. I wonder how many of those 219 were actually

meaningful bills, not just naming post offices or declaring a national day of chocolate appreciation or something.
Here's a link (and as I suspected, there are quite a few bills for post office naming and commemorative coins.)
http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/signed-legislation

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