This Congress is the least productive in two decades

WASHINGTON (ABC 4 Utah) -After a four weeks session in Washington, Congress is heading home for a 5 week recess. Our Washington DC Correspondent Alicia Nieves tells us this Congress is on course become the least productive congress in nearly two decades. 

People are looking for progress in Washington on a number of issues.

“The infrastructure bill, to help Americans create more jobs and rebuild America’s infrastructure, um… student loans… passing student loans,” said Xavier Cavanaugh of Washington D.C.

But those are issues congress hasn’t dealt with and that’s the story instead.

“Most observers would say that each year congress has become a little bit less productive,” said Keith Laing, The Hill.

“We have an odd situation in the senate that is historically almost without precedent. In that we are not casting as nearly as many votes,” said Senator Mike S. Lee, R- Utah.

“Sometimes I sit on the airplane at night as I am going back home to Utah, and just bang my head on the window and go have we done any good at all,” said Representative Chris Stewart, R-Utah.

Nearly 400 {385} pieces of legislation became law under the 111th congress. Just under 300 {284} pieces with the 112th, but less than 150 {142} pieces of legislation have become law under this congress {113th}.

“It’s up to the people to pay attention to what their lawmakers are doing and hold them accountable,” said Laing.

With mid-term elections right around the corner, voters have a chance to change congress, a change lawmakers say is overdue.

“I’m hopeful that, that change will occur. I think it’s a healthy thing to have change every once in a while. Just to shake people up and let them know, we expect more out of you… out of the congress we are getting,” said Senator Orrin Hatch, R- Utah.

As congress breaks for recess, most members are focused on how their party can control both houses.

“The only thing that seems to change it is when there isn’t divided government. There were more bills passed when democrats controlled the house and the senate,” said Laing.

Analyst say until that happens, congressional action on immigration reform or long-term highway funding, seem far down the road.

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