AirTalk for December 5, 2013

113th Congress on course to become least productive in modern history

House Speaker Boehner Presides Over Opening Session Of Congress

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) swears in the newly elected members of the first session of the 113th Congress in the House Chambers January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Congress has passed just 55 bills into law this session, the lowest number in its history.

In the world of U.S. politics, 2013 will go down as a year of marathon filibusters, a government shutdown, heated debates over Obamacare and 12 months of near record-low productivity for Congress. Legislators have passed just 55 public laws since January - an average of less than one per week.

Fingers of blame are now being pointed across the aisle. House Speaker John Boehner says the House has approved 150 bills this year but many have been blocked by the Senate due to a lack of ‘common ground’.

Meanwhile Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid says the glacial pace of change in Congress is down to conservative Senate Republicans who 'don't believe in government'.

How does this lack of productivity impact the way you think about Congress? Do you think there should be penalties for lawmakers who fail to enact laws? Who do you blame for the low level of laws passed this year?

Guests:

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist; founder of Rodriguez Strategies; former senior Obama advisor in 2008

Jonathan Wilcox, Republican Strategist; former speech writer for Governor Pete Wilson

 


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