113th Congress is Least Productive Ever

The New York Times reports that “the 113th Congress has passed all of 55 laws so far this year, seven fewer at this point than the 112th Congress — the least productive Congress ever.”

The reason: “Many Republicans believe they are getting such good traction from their attacks on President Obama’s stumbling health care law that they feel less compelled to produce results. Any public fight over legislative compromises could take away from the focus Republicans have kept on the health care law.”

“Major bills passed by the Senate with bipartisan majorities to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, update farm programs, allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers and protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from workplace discrimination have been blocked from votes in the House — where members of both parties say they could pass.”

“Lawmakers and aides from both parties say a modest budget deal is possible [but] the farm bill is a more difficult lift.”

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.): “If they want my vote, they ought to stop beating up on poor people … I don’t think it’s too much to ask to have a farm bill that doesn’t increase hunger in America.”

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