Democrat Controlled 110th Congress Has Passed Fewest Bill in 20 Years … Wonder Why Approval Rating is so Low


Who is the real “Do Nothing” Congress?

When Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Majority Senate Leader Harry Reid assumed power they promised America a change from the ways of Republicans. The 110th Congress has become the do nothing Congress as Americans sit back and scratch their heads why they go on vacation and refuse to pass any energy legislation to deal with soaring oil prices. Nearly 75% of Americans believe the US should drill offshore and become less dependent on foreign oil. Instead, the Democratic controlled Congress takes a vacation while everyday Americans cannot afford to.

Barring a burst of legislative activity after Labor Day, this group of 535 men and women will have accomplished a rare feat. In two decades of record keeping, no sitting Congress has passed fewer public laws at this point in the session — 294 so far — than this one. That’s not to say they’ve been idle. On the flip side, no Congress in the same 20 years has been so prolific when it comes to proposing resolutions — more than 1,900, according to a tally by the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense.

What change did Democratic leadership bring to the House and Senate? Is it any wonder why Congressional approval is at an all time low.

When Democrats won control of Congress in 2006, Republicans were eager to tar them as “do nothing,” an echo of Democrat Harry Truman’s successful 1948 presidential campaign during which he railed against the “Do Nothing Congress” led by Republicans.

“The Democrats in charge of this Congress have been heavy on fluff and light on substance,” says Republican leader Rep. John Boehner of Ohio. “Resolutions are fine but why aren’t we also passing legislation to lower gas prices? What about health-care reform and runaway entitlement spending?”

In fact, the second-fewest number of public laws passed over the 20-year review was during the 104th Congress — when Republicans were newly in control, with a Democratic president. Resolutions, however, are usually popular on both sides of the aisle.

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    14 Responses to “Democrat Controlled 110th Congress Has Passed Fewest Bill in 20 Years … Wonder Why Approval Rating is so Low”

    1. dave on August 20th, 2008 3:13 pm

      I hate to think what could happen to our great country if a Democrat ever gets elected to the Presidency. But that will never happen as long as we have true country loving Patriotic American like McCain running against the evil left.

    2. Richard on August 20th, 2008 3:17 pm

      Considering the competence of Congress, it’s just as well that they are a ‘do-nothing’ entity….

    3. katablog on August 20th, 2008 5:06 pm

      Richard is right (as usual). It’s a good thing that they haven’t passed too much legislation because what they have passed puts us further in debt and contains enough pork to run the nation’s pig farms for years to come.

      Wish we could throw every single one of them out and then start over, but then I’d like to do that with the Presidential candidates we have this year too.

    4. dennisintn on August 20th, 2008 6:16 pm

      richard is right, i can hear roosevelt, truman, and j.f.kennedy rolling in their coffins over the the downfall of their party and what the current democratic leaders are doing to their beloved country.
      i just saw the latest obama ad blaming the current economic problems on bush and the republicans. do they really think we don’t know that pelosi, reid, and the democratic majority of the house and senate are responsible for the $4.00 and more price of gas and truck fuel that is responsible for half the households in the country having to decide whether to put food on the table for their kids or spend the money for gas in their cars to get to work? pelosi was outrageously stupid making that speech about “saving the planet by shutting down the house so she could fly home in her govt. paid for plane that costs $22,000 an hour to operate so she could push her own book sales for 5 weeks. in that 5 weeks, the united states will have to spend $66.5 billion dollars on oil purchased from people who don’t like us at all instead of getting on with the process of saving the economy. somehow the dems will blame that on bush and the republicans.
      as i write this, obama is assuring us on fox that HE, as the chosen one, will be in charge as president and the v.p. will probably be hidden in a closet somewhere by the way he’s talking. he just doesn’t need any help of any kind, i guess.

    5. Jason on August 20th, 2008 6:34 pm

      I hate to break it to you but there is a chance that the Domocrats win the White house AND capture enough senate seats to create a filibuster-proof senate.Imagine that!There will be free abortions in the schools nurses office and legalized pot and euthanasia.It will be like The Netherlands.God -saves us!

    6. Maggie on August 20th, 2008 7:10 pm

      #3 I agreee.. I could care less about either candidate running for president. The money tied up in all of it, is outrageous. Wonder how Lincoln, Washington and Roosevelt ever got elected without all those millions? I wish they would clean Congress out too.

    7. Susy Q on August 20th, 2008 10:17 pm

      It is so sad. It’s like all politicians are for sale now. It just seems like we are so weak now. China owns a lot of our debt….”Puti Poot” (as “W” used to call him) is beginning to growl like the Russian bear of the Cold War… I was 16 in October 1962 and living inside the Beltway when people were building bomb shelters. Where I was we’d all be vaporized like the people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If DC went so would Falls Church VA. But we had a great President then and the missles left Cuba.

    8. caesu on August 21st, 2008 12:25 am

      congress approval rating is low because impeachment of GWB is (in pelosi’s words) ‘off the table’.

      and republicans are such whiners and hypocrites.
      republicans are also part of this congress with these low aproval ratings.
      they filibustered among other things war spending bills for example.

      that’s already a preview of how much the republicans are going to whine when obama wins and hopefull such a majority in the senate that can pass cloture – break filibusters.

      only one thing.
      obama should really pay attention to what’s going on in georgia.
      SM: No that would be a lie. Pelosi stated that she would not do impeachment prior to the 2006 midterm elections when Dems seized power. So that would be off the table as an excuse.

      Of course Republicans are part of the problem. No one said they were not … however, Dems are in control and have to put on their big boy underwear and man/woman up. This is on them. They can no longer blame Republicans when they are in charge.

      The fact of the matter is ,,, they have done nothing. Their refusal to deal with oil an the fact that 75% of Americans want to drill will cost them dearly. To make up 75% there have to be a whole lot of Democrats in that poll.

    9. dave on August 21st, 2008 6:09 am

      nice try #8 caesu.

      Take another gulp of Koolaide. Your Obamasiah is a joke and so is the Dem controlled congress.

      You lefty libs crack me up.

      Vote McCain and defeat the socialist evil left.

    10. nurturer on August 21st, 2008 8:06 am

      If you are a conservative at 20, you have no heart. If you are a conservative at 40, you have no head. – Winston Churchill

    11. nurturer on August 21st, 2008 9:45 am

      Correction – If you are a conservative at 20, you have no heart. If you are a liberal at 40, you have to head.

      It’s not a confusing as it looks.

    12. caesu on August 21st, 2008 10:11 am

      LOL, you are still getting that quote wrong.
      give it another try ;)

      #8 R – pelosi said it again after the 2006 election.
      if impeachment procedures would have started, no doubt the congress would have had a higher approval rating.
      just take look at bush’ approval rating.
      and there are numerous impeachable offences commited.

      and this non-drilling issue is just a republican political stunt trying to hold on to power, knowing they are going to lose big this year.
      next month there will be a vote on drilling.
      but not a such a pathetic bill the republicans want a vote on.

    13. nurturer on August 21st, 2008 4:58 pm

      #12 – Hey, it’s paraphrased. Twice.

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