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Congress struggles to meet the work record of its last two-year session

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

In a tweet Tuesday, Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said this:

The Resume of Congressional Activity shows 19 public bills were enacted into law between Jan. 6 and May 31 this year. That’s an average of about 4 bills per month.

But what was the record of the last Congress — the second least-productive Congress ever? As it turns out, the current Congress will have to greatly accelerate its pace just to catch up with the slackers of the past two years.

The Resume of Congressional Activity shows the 113th Congress passed a total of 296 public bills in 2013 and 2014. That’s an average of more than 12 bills per month — triple the pace of the first six months of 2015.

Lest you think the two-year total distorts the record, consider this: the pace of bills passed in 2013 and 2014 exceeds the pace of bills passed so far this year.

The 4th of July congressional recess begins this week.

Blunt and other Republican senators will say their work product has improved since the days of Sen. Harry Reid. Perhaps. But if the goal is passing actual legislation, the current Congress, controlled by one major party, is still behind schedule.

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