July 21, 2015


114th Congress breaking gridlock, The Washington Times Legislative Futility Index shows (Stephen Dinan, 7/20/15, The Washington Times)

The 114th Congress is off to the fastest start since the first year of President Obama's tenure, according to The Washington Times Legislative Futility Index, a measure of floor action that shows the House leading the way in getting more done.

Lawmakers are still operating far below Congress' peak years in the 1970s, when they were debating, voting on and passing bills at an astonishing pace. But the first six months of this new Congress have still been a huge improvement on the gridlock of the last five years.

And it's not just the numbers -- members of Congress are debating and passing weightier bills, including a rewrite of the Patriot Act, a long-sought fix of Medicare's formula for paying doctors, fast-track trade negotiation powers for the White House and, most recently, a long-overdue overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education law.

Posted by at July 21, 2015 4:17 PM

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