Obama was right about the "do-nothing Congress"--at least about the Democrat-controlled Senate portion. A report released by the Secretary
of the Senate
shows that the 112th Senate has done less work than almost any Senate in
The 2011 Senate spent an average of just 6.5 hours in session which is the
second lowest in 20 years. Only 2008 saw a lower average number of work
hours. But unlike 2008, 2011 was not an election year when political
wrangling tends to mean less work gets done. The Senate also passed fewer
bills into law in 2011--90 in all--than any previous Senate except one.
It has been well over 1,000 days since the Senate passed a budget.
Headline image: Harry Reid yawns during a State of the Union address.