Obama was right about the “do-nothing Congress”–at least about the Democrat-controlled Senate portion. A report released by the Secretaryof the Senate shows that the 112th Senate has done less work than almost any Senate inrecent history.
The 2011 Senate spent an average of just 6.5 hours in session which is thesecond lowest in 20 years. Only 2008 saw a lower average number of workhours. But unlike 2008, 2011 was not an election year when politicalwrangling tends to mean less work gets done. The Senate also passed fewerbills 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.