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You can't make this stuff up.   (You can however get smart bean-counters to prove it.)

Current Congress is not the least productive in recent history, but close

by Drew DeSilver, pewresearch.org  -- Sept 3, 2013

Much of the disdain for the current 113th Congress has centered on the notion that it’s not really accomplishing much. NBC News described it as “setting records for futility“; CBS News referred to the body’s “glacial pace” so far this year. And in a Fox News poll last month, only 14% of respondents said Congress has been working hard enough to deserve a summer vacation. [...]

But while many observers have judged Congress’ productivity simply by how many laws it’s passed, we chose a stricter standard: How many substantive (i.e., nonceremonial) measures have become law? To find out, we looked at every public law passed since the 106th Congress in 1999-2000, excluding post-office renamings, commemorative-coin authorizations, Congressional Gold Medal conferrals, and the like.

The results: So far, this year appears to be on track to be one of the least productive. Of the 31 measures that have became law so far this Congress, 24 count as substantive by our admittedly generous definition. [...]

[ Chart with this real measure of Congressional Productivity in the link. ]

They've got a long ways to go to meet that typical 300 to 400+ "substantive" productive range.

That's if they don't strain themselves first, with all their "ideological posturing."


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Here's a 'consolidated summary' (of the official summary) of YOUR current Public Representatives hard at work.

It's a tough slog, but don't break a sweat -- most Reps don't.

A Summary of the Record of the 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) of the United States

from congress-summary.com

Congress-Summary >> 113th Congress Home >> Laws Passed by the 113th Congress

Public Law 113-1
To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program.

Public Law 113-3
"Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013"
"Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-3
"No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013"
To ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-4
"Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-5
"Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-6
"Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013"

Public Law 113-7
A bill to modify the requirements under the STOCK Act regarding online access to certain financial disclosure statements and related forms.

Public Law 113-8
"District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Vacancy Act"

Public Law 113-9
"Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-10
To specify the size of the precious-metal blanks that will be used in the production of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.

Public Law 113-11
To award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, in recognition of the 50th commemoration of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Public Law 113-12
"Stolen Valor Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-13
"Freedom to Fish Act"

Public Law 113-14
"Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-15
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines.

Public Law 113-16
To grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II.

Public Law 113-16
To grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II.

Public Law 113-17
To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-18
To designate the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois as the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge".

Public Law 113-19
"South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act"
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal features of the electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-20
"Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act"
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project.

Public Law 113-21
"Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgment Act of 2013"
To provide for donor contribution acknowledgments to be displayed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-22
To rename section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA.

Public Law 113-23
"Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013"
To improve hydropower, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-24
"Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act"
To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-25
To designate the air route traffic control center located in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the "Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center".

Public Law 113-26
"Formerly Owned Resources for Veterans to Express Thanks for Service (FOR VETS) Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-27
"Helping Heroes Fly Act"

Public Law 113-28
"Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-29
"Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013"
To authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish additional requirements to improve the fiscal safety and soundness of the home equity conversion mortgage insurance program.

Public Law 113-30
To amend title 49, United States Code, to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-31
To designate the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue Southeast in the District of Columbia as the "Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building", and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-32
"Powell Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act"
A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to the Powell Recreation District in the State of Wyoming.

Public Law 113-33
"Denali National Park Improvement Act"

Public Law 113-34
A bill to amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

Public Law 113-35
"Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013"
A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the State of Mississippi 2 parcels of surplus land within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-36
"Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act"
A bill to modify the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-37
"Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013"
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring authorities affecting veterans and their families, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-38
"Missing Children's Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-39
"Pay Our Military Act"
Making continuing appropriations for military pay in the event of a Government shutdown.

Public Law 113-40
"Helium Stewardship Act of 2013"
To amend the Helium Act to complete the privatization of the Federal helium reserve in a competitive market fashion that ensures stability in the helium markets while protecting the interests of American taxpayers, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-41
"Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013"

Public Law 113-42
To extend the period during which Iraqis who were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or surcharge for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas.

Public Law 113-43
"Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act of 2013"
A bill to reauthorize the Congressional Award Act.

Public Law 113-44
"Department of Defense Survivor Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014"
Making continuing appropriations for death gratuities and related survivor benefits for survivors of deceased military service members of the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-45
To ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes.

Public Law 113-46
"Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014"
An act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.  -- Includes: "Default Prevention Act of 2013"

YOUR 113th Congress, at work everyone !!!

(Sponsored by GOP Gridlock, and Tea Party Perpetual Obstruction.)

How about giving them another 4-week vacation (book-ended by one-week of grueling work, in between those bu$y-bu$y holidays) ?

How about giving them a Big Hand!  (or better yet, a Big Boot next year?)  

Afterall, THEY've earned it.   No sweat.  

( Was there ever any doubt that they could reach such 'depths' ... of mediocrity ... given their little-questioned, unofficially stated agenda? )

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