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The Least Productive Congress Since The Great Depression
By Curt_Anderson
November 20, 2023 2:37 pm
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(No Labels, April 2023)Thursday marks 100 days since the 118th Congress took office. If it feels like theyíve barely done anything so far, itís because they basically havenít. This is the least productive Congress in more than 70 years Ė perhaps ever.

All told, Congress has passed eight bills this year, none of which are particularly impactful.



(Yahoo News, 5 days ago)With only 21 bills making it into law halfway into November, the 118th Congress, controlled by Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate, is on the most sluggish pace to make law since the Congress that met during 1931 and 1932.

The lack of productivity puts a punctuation mark on the first half of a Congress that has managed to do the bare minimum ― fund the government, raise the debt ceiling ― while also embarrassing itself with the first-ever ouster of a House speaker mid-session, a subsequent three-week long search for a new one and most recently, a threatened fight between a senator and a committee witness.

The center of the embarrassment has been the GOP-controlled House, which has struggled to pass anything of consequence with its razor-thin four-seat Republican majority. The Senate, meanwhile, has been content to deal with the rare legislation the House sends over while grasping for bipartisan deals on immigration and aid to Ukraine.


(Wikipedia)In contrast with previous Congresses, which generally enacted their first laws no later than January or February, the 118th Congress's first law was enacted on March 20.[3] It has been called one of the least productive Congress since 1951,[4] being compared to the 113th Congress's or the 92nd Congress.[5]

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  1. by HatetheSwamp on November 20, 2023 2:48 pm

    That d@ng SwampDem Senate!


  2. by oldedude on November 20, 2023 6:45 pm
    So in passing a law in the US involves three different places. A house of Senators (now dim run), a house of Representatives (now GOP run), and the executive branch (now dim run). Each is reliant on the other two for passing of laws. Right now, the GOP has control of ONE of these three legs. The other two can stone wall the one easily. This is our checks and balances but has been hijacked. If this was pre-Nixon, they could do this.

    Remember when trumpster walked out on a meeting with schumer and little nancy? He asked them directly if they were willing to negotiate. They said "NO." There's no reason at all to continue the meeting. I would have done the same thing. If someone doesn't want to negotiate, don't waste your time.


  3. by Curt_Anderson on November 20, 2023 7:53 pm
    OD,
    Over the last 100 years, only 20 of those years did one party control Congress and the White House. For the other 80% of time itís been a divided government and they all managed to more productive than the current 118th Congress.
    azcentral.com


  4. by Indy! on November 20, 2023 8:42 pm

    Over the last 100 years, only 20 of those years did one party control Congress and the White House.


    Yes - so if you're party is lucky enough to have control of Congress, the White House AND the Supreme Court - make sure you use that fleeting power to pass something substantial like the Lily Ledbetter Act instead of something meaningless and inconsequential like single payer healthcare. 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄


  5. by HatetheSwamp on November 21, 2023 4:04 am

    Am I right?

    The Dems have the White House...and the Senate...

    ...and, Curt's holding GOPs responsible for the lack of productivity?????

    In fact, the HouseGOPs have been fairly productive. It's the Doddering Old Fool's threat of veto and the SwampDem Senate's unwillingness to negotiate and compromise that has defined this Congress.


  6. by Indy! on November 21, 2023 11:22 am

    Both... ahem.. "sides" are merely collecting paychecks, peebs. That's the only reason they are there - for the cash, benefits and insider trading info.


  7. by Curt_Anderson on November 21, 2023 12:13 pm
    Indy and HtS have an infantile notion of how Congress works. Especially Indy. This is a historically unproductive Congress. The House Republicans spend their time ďowning the libsĒ and voting against their Speaker du jour.

    Itís not on the Dems that we donít have single-payer healthcare. It took hard work and luck to get Obamacare signed into law. It barely passed. Here is a history lesson.

    Going into the 2008 elections, the Senate consisted of 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans, and two Independents (Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont) who caucused with the Democrats. When the smoke cleared from those elections, the Democrats picked up eight seats to increase their majority to 57-41 (although Democrat Al Frankenís recount victory was not official until July 7). With the two Independents, the Democrats were one vote shy of the supermajority magic number of 60 they needed to ward off any filibuster attempts and move forward with broad healthcare reform legislation.

    But on April 28, 2009, the dynamics changed when Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Spector changed parties, giving Senate Democrats that coveted 60th vote.

    Now the Democrats had a safe majority in the House and a filibuster-proof supermajority of 60 in the Senate. That scenario lasted only four months before fate intervened. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died on August 25, 2009, leaving the Democrats, once again, with 59 seats (counting the two Independents). Exactly one month later, on September 25, Democrat Paul Kirk was appointed interim senator from Massachusetts to serve until the special election set for January 19, 2010 Ė once again giving the Democrats that 60th vote. But the intrigue was just beginning. See link.
    forbes.com


  8. by oldedude on November 21, 2023 2:13 pm
    Itís not on the Dems that we donít have single-payer healthcare. It took hard work and luck to get Obamacare signed into law. It barely passed. Here is a history lesson.

    I'm going to disagree. obombercare was the biggest mistake the dims have made in my voting career. They rammed it down the throats of not only the GOP (whom they lied to) but to the American people (whom they lied to). They decided that lying about it was better than the truth.

    Remember when little nancy said "you have to pass the bill to read the bill?"
    Or "You can keep your doctor" or "Costs will go down."

    Had they actually negotiated this deal, at least they could partially blame any issues with it on the GOP.

    So after forcing this down our throat, costs skyrocketed and doctor's got switched around (which I really think is more about the insurance companies, but the average person doesn't see that).

    My step-son's insurance tripled because he was single and needed all the insurances for a woman hoping or happened to get pregnant. Along with abortion costs he would refuse to do under any circumstance. He's a county employee in FL. Then he was making about a level and a half above a Walmart greeter.

    Another example, State of CO employees paid ~$285/month/couple for a good health care. $0 deductible, $0 copay for even most specialists.
    Enter obombercare. $350/month. $2,000 deductible. +copays, +you got less coverage. The average employee lost $3,500 from their paycheck. For a person living just above the poverty line.

    I agree that now we just live with it. Okay... That said, ANYTIME the dims say "trust us," the GOP and the American Public shut their doors on them. The GOP will NEVER agree to "trust us" again.


  9. by Curt_Anderson on November 21, 2023 4:18 pm
    OD,
    We are not in disagreement. Whether you characterize it as the Democratsí chicanery or I characterize it as their hard work and luck, either way getting Obamacare passed wasnít a walk in the park. I seriously doubt that single-payer would have passed.


  10. by oldedude on November 21, 2023 6:11 pm
    dims are still paying for this. And will until the little nancy and chuckie are gone and forgotten. I call it an evil ruse.


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