Don't Call It Do Nothing Congress! Passed 1,900 Symbolic Bills

Don't Call It Do Nothing Congress! Passed 1,900 Symbolic Bills


Congress is on track to pass the least amount of public laws than any other Congress in the two decades of record keeping. So far, the 110th Congress has 294 laws to its name. On the other hand, the House and Senate have passed 1,900 symbolic resolutions.

It may not have ended the war in Iraq, but this year Congress has:

  • Recognized the Idaho Potato Commission's 70th Anniversary
  • Recognized soil as an essential natural resource
  • Designated May 5-9 as National Substitute Teacher Recognition Week
  • Set July 28 as the Day of the American Cowboy

Shoot! I missed the Day of the American Cowboy. The Wall Street Journal reports that Congress spends one-quarter of its workweek debating and passing such symbolic measures. Congressional Democrats, emphasizing the quality over the quantity of actual legislation, point out that since 2007 they have enacted the largest expansion in college aid in 60 years, increased the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years, increased unemployment benefits, and implemented the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

Do you think the Democratic Congress should have a chance to further prove itself with a President on its side, or is it time to symbolically kick these lawmakers to the curb in November?

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