The vast majority of those bills were passed by this “Do-Nothing Congress” with bipartisan support, and many of them were passed unanimously in the House. So, it sounds like we have more of a do-nothing Senate.
Of course, liberals only call it a do-nothing Congress, because Republicans have the majority. If Democrats had the majority, liberals would call Congress the most productive in history.
Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz have repeatedly bludgeoned their viewers with statistics and charts claiming that this Congress has been the least productive legislative body in America’s history.
However, according to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the House has passed a bevy of bills that are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk in the Senate.
How many bills? Blackburn told TheBlaze that 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate.
Additionally, according to the congresswoman, 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. She also pointed out that 200 of the bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from the entire chamber and more than 100 were passed with 75% support of House Democrats.
To make her point that the House is working, but the Senate is where the obstruction exists, Blackburn printed all of the bills that the House has passed and stacked them on a desk with a Harry Reid nameplate. She took a photo standing next to the pile of bills and posted it on her Twitter account. (When Blackburn started this campaign, 332 bills had been passed. At press time, that had number increased to 356.)
Obviously, it’s all just a game. To be honest, I’d much rather have a truly do-nothing Congress than a do-everything Congress. I don’t want Congress constantly making new laws that further burden the very people that put these representatives in power. The only thing they should be busy doing is repealing bad laws – something that’s become increasingly redundant over the years.
And the fact that most of these bills passed with bipartisan support shouldn’t make us feel any better. One of our problems is that there’s way too much bipartisanship. Forming coalitions across the aisle is one thing. But why should it make us feel good that our representatives are routinely compromising just so they can get more bad laws passed? There should be no compromises. (Do they even have principles to compromise in the first place?) “Working together” is not always a good thing.
But if there’s some common ground between two members of different parties, then by all means use that common ground for good. But none of this “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” nonsense.