56 Bills Signed Into Law in 1st Session of 113th Congress

United States Capitol at NightAccording to a recent Gallup poll, just 9% of Americans currently approve of the job that Congress is doing.

One of the reasons why Congress is so unpopular is its propensity to simply argue rather than doing anything of any substance (like passing laws).

According to CNN.com (link below), the 113th Congress is currently on track to become the least productive Congress in modern history, as a scant 56 bills have been signed into law in the first session of this Congress.

As per usual, the Democrats and Republicans are pointing their fingers of blame at the other party as to why so little is getting done.

According to the Republicans, their party has passed almost 150 bills in the House, but "the Senate and the President continue to stand in the way of the people's priorities."

The Democrats, on the other hand, point out that nearly 1/3rd of those passed House bills had to do with making changes to (or repealing completely) Obamacare.


CNN also points out that a number of the 56 bills that were passed into law were insignificant on a national scale, while five others were simply the reauthorization of existing laws.


Earlier tonight, a budget deal was reached between House and Senate negotiators that would fund the federal government through the fall of 2015. Will the bipartisanship displayed between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray extend to the rest of Congress, or will this bill devolve into more bickering and finger pointing?

Source: CNN.com - Lawmakers Pass More Blame Than Bills in Do-nothing Congress

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