US Sees Least Productive Congress in Decades

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Today's 112th Congress is on track to be the least productive group of lawmakers since World War II.

To date, only 61 bills have been passed out of nearly 4,000 introduced this year, or less than 2 percent of all proposed laws.

USA Today analyzed records since 1947 and found that last year the Republican-controlled House passed only 90 bills. That's fewer than President Harry Truman's "do-nothing Congress" passed back in 1948.

When Democrats controlled both chambers during the 111th Congress, 258 laws were enacted in 2010 and 125 in 2009.

House majority spokesman Doug Heye defended the chamber, saying the House has passed more than 30 economic measures that the Democratic-run Senate failed to agree on.

Partisan divisions and the failure of the bipartisan "Super Committee" to enact a deficit reduction legislation are partially to blame for Congress' sub par performance.

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