So far this year we’ve had 4,288 bills introduced in the Congress. That puts our congressmen and senators on track for a banner year in terms of number of bills introduced, and probably for fewest bills enacted too.
Congress operates in two-year terms. 2011 is the first year of the “112th Congress”. The table below shows the breakdown for the last 13 years.
|Congress||No Major Action||Some Action||Failed||Enacted|
|106th (1999-2000)||7460||922||28||558 (6%)|
|107th (2001-2002)||7750||841||5||350 (4%)|
|108th (2003-2004)||7045||932||13||476 (6%)|
|109th (2005-2006)||9141||930||22||465 (4%)|
|110th (2007-2008)||9218||1382||39||442 (4%)|
|111th (2009-2010)||9239||998||26||366 (3%)|
|112th (so far)||3956||305||7||20 (0.5%)|
With these statistics, I really have to ask "What in the world are they doing in Washington?" Our elected politicians, Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, Indenpendents need to stop throwing BRIC-A-BRAC at each other and start working on the issues that are important to their consituents.