John Boehner Explains Do-Nothing Congress: It’s The Senate’s Fault

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defended the least productive Congress in American history, which passed only 52 pieces of legislation this year, saying it’s not the House’s fault.

"The House has passed nearly 150 bills in this Congress that the United States Senate has failed to act on," Boehner told the House floor. "Many of them would help our economy and boost job creation."

His office released a list of dozens of proposals rejected by the Senate, including several proposals to scale back or repeal Obamacare, the House-approved budget proposal and a plan to construct the Keystone XL pipeline.

"Every single one of these bills have been blocked by Washington Democrats," Boehner said. "The Senate and the president continue to stand in the way of the people's priorities."

"When will they learn to say 'yes' to common ground? When will they start listening to the American people?" he added.

The 113th Congress is turning out to be the least productive Congress since the 1940s, according to analysis from U.S. News and World Report. The “do-nothing” Congress in 1947 and 1948 passed 900 bills.

In July Boehner told CBS that Congress should only be concerned with repealing laws.

"We should not be judged on how many new laws we create," Boehner said on “Face the Nation.” "We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal."

Sources: The Hill, Washington Post