There are different ways to measure the productivity of Congress. But based on passing bills, the 2011-12 U.S. House set a record for being unproductive. “The 112th Congress passed just 561 bills, the lowest number since they began keeping these stats way back in 1947,” reported Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post. Another productivity concern is that the bills the House passes tend to have no chance of becoming law. For example, the House voted Wednesday on its 38th and 39th attempts to repeal or scale back Obamacare.
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