Since the Republicans took over the House in 2010, their unwillingness to work with President Obama and the Democrats has cut productivity by almost 70%.
John Boehner & Eric Cantor
An analysis by CNN shows a dramatic reduction in congressional output since the Tea Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House. From 2007-9, the Pelosi-Reid congress was able to pass 460 laws in 283 days in the House. From 2009-11, the Democratically led legislature passed 383 laws in 286 days in the House.
Under Speaker John Boehner and his acolyte Eric Cantor, progress has been halted. In 248 days of “work” in the House, a paltry 132 laws have been passed. No doubt, some of the slowdown is due to the Democratic-Republican divide between the House and Senate — but Republicans have repeatedly shown they are unwilling to work with the Democrats.
The downgrade of America’s credit rating has been partially traced to Republican unwillingness to compromise on upper-income tax increases as part of a package to raise the debt ceiling.
Republican obstruction has also held up vital legislation on college loan rates and transportation funding.
The nominations of several federal judges have also been held up by congressional Republicans, despite being rated as highly qualified by bipartisan organizations.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has often supported the obstruction policies being used in th House and Senate.
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