U.S. Senate
113th Congress just barely avoids being the least productive in history

The 113th Congress will just have to settle for being bad instead of the worst – at least as far as productivity is concerned. President Obama signed a whopping 51 bills Thursday, the White House announced, bringing the most recent tally of laws enacted in the past Congress to 286, according to a Los Angeles Times review. That would be just three more than the 283 public laws enacted in the previous Congress that served from 2011-12, which was the lowest tally since formal record-keeping began in 1947. The previous low before that was 333 public laws in the 104th Congress that came to power in the Newt Gingrich Revolution of 1994. As usual, the so-called lame duck period of...