Democrat Senate Most Futile Senate In History...

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    It’s official: Congress ended its least-productive year in modern history after passing 80 bills — fewer than during any other session since year-end records began being kept in 1947.

    Furthermore, an analysis by The Washington Times of the scope of such activities as time spent in debate, number of conference reports produced and votes taken on the House and Senate floors found that Congress set a record for legislative futility by accomplishing less in 2011 than any other year in history.

    The Senate’s record was weakest by a huge margin, according to the futility index, and the House had its 10th-worst session on record.

    Of the bills the 112th Congress did pass, the majority were housekeeping measures, such as naming post office buildings or extending existing laws. Sometimes, it was too difficult for the two chambers to hammer out agreements. More often, the Senate failed to reach agreement within the chamber.

    Measuring Futility:

    The Times‘ analysis looked at six specific yardsticks for legislative activity: the amount of time each chamber spent officially in session; the total number of bills that passed; the number of floor votes each chamber took; the number of pages amassed in the Congressional Record, which records floor debates; the number of conference reports written; and the number of bills each chamber had signed into law by the president.

    Using the Resume of Congressional Activity, printed in the Congressional Record at the end of each year since 1947, The Times ranked each session on all six of those measures, then compiled that into a “legislative futility” index.

    In 2011, the Senate ranked poorly on all the measures relating to bills and was in the lower half on votes and pages in the record. The only yardstick by which it performed well was on time spent in session, where it logged more than 1,100 hours — slightly better than the median.

    Combining those rankings gave the Senate a futility score of 70, or 19 points lower than the Senate’s record of 89 established in 2008.

    The House record was more mixed. It spent more time in session than all but 10 other congresses, compiled the eighth highest number of pages of debate and took more floor votes than all but two other congresses. But it passed the fewest number of bills in its history and had fewer bills signed by the president than any other Congress and shared the same poor performance on conference reports.

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    Only a poor and ill-equipped troll would waste time posting a hit piece and using the Washington Times and Drudge as evidence.

    Most people who watch and think about politics know that the Congress is severely divided on partisan terms, and that the more extreme members are those lead by Eric Cantor in the House. The Senate is lead by a man whose sole goal for the Senate was to make President Obama a one-term president.

    The general election in Nov. 2010 packed the House of Representatives with nitwits, and even John Boehner was unable to control his party. For that reason, and McConnell's stated goal, the 111th Congress has been an abject failure.

    Nice try troll, only the callous conservative and bigoted members of he echo chamber will cheer your current abomination.
     
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    Harry Reid said THAT? Holy Fucking MOly.. :eek:
     
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    Personally,i disagree with the Times' entire premise. This stuff is just red meat for the Socialists/Progressives & Neocons. In my opinion,this is very good news. I actually think Congress is in session too often. They're in session too often and they pass too many unnecessary Laws. Too many ridiculous over-reaches like banning light bulbs. Less is definitely more in this case. They should meet far less often and pass far less Laws. So i'm celebrating this good news. WTG Congress! Keep up the good work! :)
     
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    Reid made a very wise & accurate assessment of himself. ;)
     
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    Democrats believe trying to balance the budget is "extreme."

     
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    Yes,such talk is now labelled 'Extremist' & Un-Patriotic' by the Democrats. What a bunch of bastards. They're destroying our Nation. So sad.
     
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    They do not need to pass anymore laws. This session did pass one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation to our freedoms since the patriot act.
     
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    That's one of their illustrious claims to fame. The other is banning those dreaded light bulbs. All they've done in recent years is screw the People over. NDAA? Why? Was it really necessary? Yeah,i firmly believe Congress should meet far less often and pass far fewer Laws. So i completely disagree with the Times' complaint on this one. Less is definitely more when it comes to our disastrous Congress.
     
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    You seem to believe a false premise that members of the House of Representatives work for John Boehner.

    They don't.

    They aren't for him to control.
     

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