Nuts and bolts

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

We’ve re­peat­edly heard that the 109th Congress is a “do-noth­ing Congress.”

Ac­tu­ally, leg­isla­tive progress has been made, al­beit at a much slower pace than one side — read Democrats — would have pre­ferred.

Scan­ning some of the more in­ter­est­ing con­gres­sional ac­tiv­ity ta­bles found in the latest Con­gres­sional Record, here’s a par­tial re­sume of the cur­rent Congress, span­ning its sec­ond (since Jan. 3) and soon-to-ex­pire fi­nal ses­sion.

In­all,therewere58pub­lic­billse­n­acte­d­in­to­law,478mea­sure­sap­proved and176sim­pleres­o­lu­tion­spassed.In ad­di­tion, there were 27,833 nom­i­na­tions to fed­eral posts that were con­firmed(504re­main­un­con­firmed),17 were­with­drawn,an­don­ly29re­turned to the Repub­li­can White House.

We’ll see how that num­ber changes now that the Democrats are in charge of the hear­ings.

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