Is the 114th Congress Getting Things Done?
Yes, writes Marci Harris and her team at PopVox.
“The 114th Congress has passed a significant number of major policies into law: from ending a Medicare physician payment system that required a temporary “doc fix” every year for seventeen years, to repeal of No Child Left Behind; repeal of the NSA bulk data surveillance program with reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act, the first long-term transportation bill in a decade, a new version of toxic chemicals bill, and an update to the Freedom of Information Act.”
Sadly, Harris notes in a separate piece, there are incentives that encourage media and politicos to hew to the “Congress gets nothing done and never compromises” and to little discuss the institution’s successes.
Marci Harris and Team PopVox, “The 114th Congress by the Numbers (so far),” PopVox blog, July 27, 2016, at https://blog.popvox.com/2016/07/27/the-114th-congress-by-the-numbers-so-far/
Marci Harris, “Congress Is Working. You Just Haven’t Heard About It,” New America’s Edition 130 blog, July 28, 2016, at http://www.newamerica.org/weekly/edition-130/congress-working-you-just-havent-heard-about-it/