• What’s the 111th Congress done?

    No, I didn’t count the Acts, but BooMan did. Here’s what he says,

    As a purely factual matter, the present Congress has been more productive in terms of passing meaningful legislation than any since LBJ’s 1965-66 Congress passed Medicare, the Voting Rights Act, and a plethora of other landmark achievements. Here’s a list of the major bills passed by the 111th Congress.

    Acts of the 111th United States Congress

    January 29, 2009: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-2
    February 4, 2009: Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, Pub.L. 111-3
    February 17, 2009: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-5
    March 11, 2009: Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-8
    March 30, 2009: Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-11
    April 21, 2009: Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Pub.L. 111-13
    May 20, 2009: Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-22
    May 22, 2009: Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-23
    May 22, 2009: Credit CARD Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-24
    June 22, 2009: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, as Division A of Pub.L. 111-31
    June 24, 2009: Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009, including the Car Allowance Rebate System (Cash for Clunkers) Pub.L. 111-32
    October 28, 2009: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, including the Matthew Shepard Act, Pub.L. 111-84
    November 6, 2009: Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-92
    February 12, 2010: Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act, as Title I of Pub.L. 111-139
    March 4, 2010: Travel Promotion Act of 2009, as Section 9 of Pub.L. 111-145
    March 18, 2010: Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, Pub.L. 111-147
    March 23, 2010: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub.L. 111-148
    March 30, 2010: Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, including the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, Pub.L. 111-152
    May 5, 2010: Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-163
    July 1, 2010: Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-195
    July 21, 2010: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Pub.L. 111-203
    August 10, 2010: SPEECH Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-223
    October 7, 2010: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010
    October 8, 2010: Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010

    Presuming BooMan got it right (see also Wikipedia), that’s two-dozen Acts of Congress. One could argue this is too much. But one can’t really argue it is too little. They’ve been very busy.

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