Nuts and bolts
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.