The Huffington Post

These Charts Show Just How Good Congress Was At Being Terrible In 2013

Congress did very, very little in 2013 — setting all-time records for both most unproductive and most unpopular Congress ever. Both the House and Senate have passed dozens of bills that the other chamber ignored, leaving only 65 bills to make their way to the White House and be enacted into law. This count is the latest as of Monday, Dec. 23, and includes the most recent eight bills signed into law by President Obama on Friday, Dec. 20.

House Speaker John Boehner had this to say about what’s been accomplished: “The House has continued to listen to the American people and to focus on their concerns. Now, whether it’s the economy, whether it’s jobs, whether it’s protecting the American people from ‘Obamacare,’ we’ve done our work.”

Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post.


  1. The graphs tell the story, and Boehner is the one who made things not happen. The bottom line is bound to be money — it always is…


  2. Talking about lumps of coal. With the New Year fast approaching my kith and kin in the wonderful country of the kilt and hairy legs will soon be knocking on doors (maybe some might be just a wee bit nissed as a pewt) and wishing similarly conditioned friends “Happy New Year” the point of this note is that I wish to do just that; and as dear wee Tiny Tim hit the nail on the head “God Bless us EVERY ONE”


  3. How sad is that! And they still get paid! The money for the no-work days should go to extend unemployment or Veterans. Vets, because the jobs bill was voted down. :(


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