Pew Research Center on Thursday released the results of an analysis on Congress’s productivity showing that, despite Republican control of the White House and both chambers, the legislative body is the fourth least productive in three decades.
Pew’s analysis also shows that Congress enacted the sixth-fewest “substantive” laws — 83 — in its first year, which number is six less than 2015.
“But getting rid of the individual mandate, while significant, is short of Republicans’ original goal: to “repeal and replace” Obama’s signature accomplishment entirely,” Pew reported.
Pew also considers substantive laws Congress has passed to include: a sanctions bill targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea; a law that improves veterans’ educational benefits; legislation to improve weather predictions; and the first comprehensive NASA authorization bill in more than six years.
Pew noted that the bill count includes only those signed into law by Dec. 31, 2017, with 20 bills remaining on President Donald Trump’s desk at the close of the year.