“Do-nothing” is almost too good a term for this congress.
With only a handful of remaining legislative days on their calendar, this current Congress is on track to go down as one of the most unproductive in modern history.
The paltry number of bills Congress has passed into law this year paints a vivid picture of just how bad the gridlock has been for lawmakers, whose single-digit approval rating illustrates that the public is hardly satisfied with their trickle of legislative activity.
According to THOMAS, the legislative tracking service, this Congress has passed just 52 public laws since it gaveled into session in January.
If that sounds like a small number, it is.
At this point in George W. Bush’s second term as president, for example, 113 bills had been enacted into law, according to numbers crunched by Pew Research Center’s Drew DeSilver…
This Congress is at least on track to beat its predecessor, the 112th Congress, which has been derided as the least productive Congress since 1948, when scholars started keeping official tabs.
That group had passed just 41 substantive laws by this point in 2011.