Monday, November 05, 2007

Perhaps Washington needs Benchmarks of Their Own?

After all, the Iraq Parliament has passed more legislation than our own Democratic Party-led Congress; and as President Bush quipped, we've had over 200 years of practice!

John Campbell:

So far, the House of Representatives this year has taken over 1,000 separate votes which has surpassed the most recorded votes ever in the history of Congress. We also have been "in session" voting for 146 days so far, which is also headed to a record number of days in Washington, DC. So, that's the input.

But what about the output? So far, only 107 bills have been signed into law. Over half of these were either naming something (like a post office) or extending an existing law that was scheduled to expire. several more were simple land transfers from government to government. National Review has suggested that has been only one piece of legislation of any significance that has passed and been signed into law which was the increase in the minimum wage. This Congress is on track to pass the fewest bills since electronic records have been kept. Furthermore, Congress has failed to send a single appropriations (budget/spending) bill to the President after a full month into the fiscal year. The is the first time Congress has failed to do so since 1987.

So, arguably, this Congress has been the least productive Congress ever.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Maybe it's a good idea they cut thier hours, days, months, we seem to be much better off in this Country when Congress is NOT in session!

Monday, November 05, 2007 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

That cartoon made me laugh out loud. Priceless!!

Monday, November 05, 2007 10:31:00 PM  

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