What In the World are They Doing in Washington?

How many bills are there vs how many get enacted is a pathetic record.

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.



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