WASHINGTON — Even the infamous “Do Nothing Congress” of 1948 did more.
Washington lawmakers this year have approved just 55 laws and, with only a handful of days left, will almost certainly go down as the least productive crop of legislators in modern history.
The two chambers combined have spent about 36 hours per week in session, yet they have only passed one law on average each week — and many of those have been relatively inconsequential. Bridges have been named, veterans affairs hospitals dedicated, and old laws have been renewed. But little more.
“It’s embarrassing,” said Representative Rick Nolan, a Minnesota Democrat who served in Congress in the 1970s, left for 32 years, and returned this year.
“We’re just locked in a fight with failure. And so far, failure is winning,” said Representative Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat.
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