A Lackluster Congress

Derek Willis for The New York Times writes that “this House is on track to produce the lowest number of legislative proposals since the Clinton administration. Through mid-May, representatives introduced 18 percent fewer bills compared with the same point in the previous Congress. That’s the largest drop between Congresses in the period beginning in 1995 … The number of lawmakers who have introduced at least 25 proposals has fallen by nearly two-thirds compared with the previous Congress. The number who have produced five or fewer pieces of legislation has jumped 81 percent.”

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There are a few theories for the low numbers: “politicians aren’t seeing any electoral benefit from introducing bills, … the decline of the committees, [and] ‘there are a number of Republicans that see their job as stopping Barack Obama,’ rather than passing (or even proposing) laws.”