The Madeleine Brand Show for June 11, 2012

Evaluating the efficiency of Congress

Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address To Joint Session Of Congress

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U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), addresses a Joint Session of Congress while delivering his State of the Union speech January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC.

This year's Congress has a lot of critics. By all accounts, this has not been one of the most productive sessions.

Congress is already on track to pass fewer laws than any previous sessions in nearly 40 years, having passed about 120 public laws. The last Congress, which lasted from 2009 to 2010, passed nearly 400 laws.

Today the House of Representatives began their seventh week-long recess of the year. But to be fair its called a "district work period." Both the House and the Senate are scheduled to depart again in early July. All while the June 30th deadline looms to extend federally-subsidized college student loans.

Gwynnae Byrd an "efficiency expert" joins the show from Sacramento to evaluate Congress' efficiency so far.


Gwynnae Byrd, professional organizer and efficiency consultant for Good 4 Business.

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