Is This The Worst Congress Ever?
Many on both sides have referred to the 113th Congress as the worst ever and several recent studies may confirm that this is exactly the case. According to a slew of research, the 113th Congress is the least productive, least popular, least trustworthy, and most polarized in the history of the United States.
In an era of ineffective legislating, the 113th Congress has done less than any in history – by far. The 112th Congress passed nearly 300 laws, the 111th passed nearly 400 laws, and the 110th passed nearly 500 laws. The current congress has passed just 24 laws and seven ceremonial bills. The 80th Congress was famously called the Do Nothing Congress by President Harry Truman because they opposed most of Truman’s bills and failed to enact most of his proposed legislation. The Do Nothing Congress passed 906 bills – nearly 900 more than the current Congress.
It’s no surprise that a recent CapInsight poll found this Congress to be the least popular ever. Even the pre-1994 Congress which led to the massive Republican swing in the 1994 midterm elections had an approval rating of 54 percent and disapproval rating of 37 percent. The current congress has an approval rating of 12 percent and a disapproval rating of 85 percent. Perhaps most shocking among those numbers is that 12 percent of people still approve of the job Congress is doing. Or not doing.
Confidence in Congress is also at its lowest point ever. Peaking in 1973 with 42 percent of people saying they trust the Congress to do the right thing, just 10 percent of people trust Congress to do the right thing today.
It’s no surprise, then, that a recent poll found that the majority of Americans would vote to replace every single member of Congress. Too bad the same people who voted for this 535 representatives would still be voting if that were the case.
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