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Chart: Why the 112th Congress is very, very bad

By on July 17, 2012

This chart shows the number of bills passed into law by each Congress between the 80th Congress in 1947 and the current 112th Congress in 2012, via Ezra Klein, who provides 14 reasons why “the 112th Congress is no ordinary congress. It’s a very bad, no good, terrible Congress. It is, in fact, one of the very worst congresses we have ever had.”

“To be fair, the 112th Congress remains in session, while the other congresses on the chart have completed their work. But the 112th is three-quarters done, and it’s not yet half as productive as the next least-productive congress… Now you may say that this simply reflects divided government. But while there are many instances of divided government on that chart — the 104th Congress, for instance, when Newt Gingrich and his Republican revolutionaries faced off against President Bill Clinton and still managed to pass 333 public laws — there’s no session of Congress with such a poor record of productivity.”

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