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Congress of 2013 on course to make history as least productive

President Obama giving his State of the Union address last February. Lawmakers this year have approved just 55 laws.
President Obama giving his State of the Union address last February. Lawmakers this year have approved just 55 laws.Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

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Even the “Do Nothing Congress” did more. Congress this year has approved just 55 laws, and with only a handful of days left in the year it is almost certainly on track to post the least productive congressional year on record. The House and the Senate combined have spent about 36 hours per week in session, yet they have only passed about one law on average each week. And sometimes that law is simply naming a bridge or a veterans affairs hospital – or renewing a law that was already on the books.

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