Take a gander at how Yahoo! spins the report on this being “the least productive legislative year in the post World War II era“:
Unlike the 80th Congress which Harry Truman dubbed a “do-thing” legislature, the current Congress is divided, with Republicans controlling only the House, hence the Yahoo!’s editors choice to blame the absence of productivity on that chamber. (As if legislative productivity were necessarily a good thing.)
The real story of the 112th Congress is, however, not the Republican House’s dubious record, but the Democratic Senate’s inaction.
As “Doug Heye, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.,” observed, “citing over 30 economic measures the House has passed that have fizzled in the Democratic-run Senate ‘at the behest of a president who is presiding over the worst economic recovery in history.'” Interesting that the article’s only reference to the Democratic Senate is in a quote from a Republican.
Do wonder if Yahoo! ever led with reports of the Democratic Senate’s dubious record, failure to pass a budget in over 1,200 days. Or their failure to take up the jobs bills passed by the Republican House.