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#BoehnerStyle: House Committees “getting very little done”

House GOP Committee Chairs are doing their part to compliment Speaker Boehner’s style – “kick off least productive session in more than a decade.” National Journal:

The House is holding lots of headline-grabbing oversight hearings – 100 in May alone. But when it comes to the actual crafting and advancing of legislation, the lower chamber is on pace for one of the least productive sessions in recent decades.

The 21 permanent committees in the Republican-led House have issued just 94 original reports or markups in the first five months of the year, the second-lowest showing in any opening of a Congress since at least 1997, records show. Production at the start of a new session was only ever lower once – in 2001, when just 80 House committee reports were issued through May…

“No one can look at the floor schedule and argue that this has been a productive Congress that is seeking to address the urgent needs of middle-class Americans,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

A senior House Republican aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, was just as blunt. “Nothing of substance is really getting done,” he said…

Accompanying the low House committee output is another dubious distinction: the small number of “public bills,” a congressional term for measures that have broad impact, and that have been passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law during the first five months of this session.

Through May, there have been just 11 public bills that have become law (two others have not yet been signed), the lowest number for the first five months of a session since at least 1995, according to numbers available from the Library of Congress and the U.S. Government Printing Office…

“Nothing is their agenda. Never is their timetable,” Pelosi complained last month when lamenting what she described as a refusal by House Republicans to take up a more bipartisan agenda.

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