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The 113th Congress is going down as the least productive group of Washington legislators in modern history.
This session’s Congressional inaction has only allowed 55 bills to become law this year, The Boston Globe reports, with both chambers passing, on average, one law each week. In comparison, the U.S. House Clerk’s office shows that the infamous “Do Nothing Congress” of 1948 passed 906 laws over a two-year period.
The Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate have less than a week to pass any additional legislative measures. But the glacial pace of legislative activity from both chambers has resulted in a stalled immigration overhaul, abandoned regulations to tighten gun laws and a government shutdown.
This week, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told the Senate to “get serious” about doing their jobs. On Wednesday, Boehner, citing 150 bills, said that the House has approved more bills than the Senate.
“Every single one of those bills was blocked by Washington Democrats,” he said, speaking from the House floor. “The Senate and the President continue to stand in the way of the American people’s priorities.”