Political: The worst Congress ever?
Breaking: "The GOP has changed it's name to PMP (Permanent Minority Party).
What’s the record of the 112th Congress? Well, it almost shut down the government and almost breached the debt ceiling. It almost went over the fiscal cliff (which it had designed in the first place). It cut a trillion dollars of discretionary spending in the Budget Control Act and scheduled another trillion in spending cuts through an automatic sequester, which everyone agrees is terrible policy. It achieved nothing of note on housing, energy, stimulus, immigration, guns, tax reform, infrastructure, climate change or, really, anything. It’s hard to identify a single significant problem that existed prior to the 112th Congress that was in any way improved by its two years of rule.
The 112th, which was gaveled into being on Jan. 3, 2011, by newly elected House Speaker John Boehner, wasn’t just unproductive in comparison with the 111th. It was unproductive compared with any Congress since 1948, when scholars began keeping tabs on congressional productivity.
by That's funny! January 5, 2013 9:37 AM
But Republicans obviously don't believe they were unproductive enough the last 2 years----so they'll keep trying.
Michele Bachmann again tries to repeal Obamacare
For the 34th time, legislation has been introduced into Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act
by That's funny! January 5, 2013 9:42 AM
You miss the point of the election in 2010 youngster? Seems America wanted a slowing down of the Obama Train
I realize Ezra is another of the like minded you regurgitate but why don't you say what was missing from the session?
Seems like you do very little heavy lifting!
by Sooner Nation January 5, 2013 10:01 AM
Newly sworn-in Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) vowed to fulfill his campaign promise to introduce a “day one” bill repealing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, even as he admitted a repeal will never pass.
Republicans have already wasted 88 hours and $50 million in taxpayer money on 33 failed votes to repeal Obamacare since January 2011. They have refused to give up even after the Supreme Court ruled the health care reform law was constitutional. Obama’s re-election did lead House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to acknowledge the ACA is “the law of the land,” but he and his colleagues quickly renewed their efforts to dismantle the law. Meanwhile, the 112th Congress earned the title of least productive Congress in history, failing to pass a single piece of jobs legislation.
And now, with a fresh slate before the 113th Congress, Republicans are still not ready to concede defeat and move onto the many more pressing matters facing the nation. In addition to Cruz’s expected legislation in the Senate, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) has already introduced a repeal bill in the House.
by That's funny! January 5, 2013 10:01 AM
"Seems America wanted a slowing down of the Obama Train"
You are clueless.
You seem to be good at googling the irrelevant---look it up.
And I'll help.
by That's funny! January 5, 2013 10:32 AM
Talking to yourself?
Seems like a good talking points day.
Have fun spinning but it seems that nobody is taking you up on the effort.
by splugy's ghost January 5, 2013 11:03 AM
You must be referring to the Democrat majority in the Senate
Unfortunately the Democrats who ran congress before the Republicans got a majority in the house but not the Senate got far too much done and we will all suffer because of it.
by RICHONE January 6, 2013 4:28 PM
Rare is the day when all agree, today is a day for common.
by predictable reply January 7, 2013 12:34 PM
How could we possibly know they are the worst? Nothing they pass gets to the Senate floor.
by YATI January 7, 2013 1:52 PM