Boehner: Worst Year Ever for Congress? That's 'Nonsense'

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Friday, 19 Jul 2013 10:11 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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House Speaker John Boehner defended his chamber's job performance Thursday, insisting reports that 113th Congress is on pace for one of the worst legislative years on record are "nonsense."

"That's just total nonsense. ... We made clear when we took over that we weren't going to be doing commemorative legislation on the floor," Boehner told reporters. "A lot of changes. In addition to that, most Americans think we have too many laws. And what they want us to do is repeal more of those. So I reject the premise to the question."

News reports have focused on the fact that only 15 bills had been signed into law as of June 30, the lowest number since record-keeping began in 1947, The Washington Times reported.

Gridlock has kept Senate productivity down as well, but the work of House Republicans has slowed considerably from their activity in 212th Congress of 2011-12, the Times noted.

But, Boehner said, doing less is not necessarily a bad thing.

According to The Huffington Post, this year is measuring up to be the least productive since the 1940s, when all legislation is taken into account, and even worse than the 212th Congress.

Some 561 measures were approved by the House in the two sessions of that Congress and 364 by the Senate, making for the lowest number on record.

The work of both chambers added together, The Huffington Post noted, represents the worst performance of a Congress in modern history — even worse than the 80th Congress that President Harry Truman labeled "The Do Nothing Congress."

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