The 112th Congress, which opened on January 3, 2011 and ended January 3, 2013, was not only one of the most unpopular in history (less popular, in fact, than cockroaches, traffic jams and Nickelback), but it was also one of the laziest.
Perhaps lazy isn’t the right word… Obstructionist? Divided? Constipated! That’s the word I was looking for. The current US Congress would rather lie in a pool of its own partisan shit than stand for principled progress for the American people, who used to be their constituency some thirty years ago.
Of the more than 3,900 bills introduced, by the end of the year only 238 had been adopted, a passage rate around 6%.
From David Wallechinsky and Noel Brinkerhoff from AllGov:
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It is worth noting that 32 of the successful bills involved the naming of post offices and other buildings, while many others were of similar import.Only 61 real bills went to President Barack Obama’s desk for signing, and he signed them all.