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Congress in action, or inaction? This Congress among the least productive

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lawmakers passed a last-minute budget extension last Thursday to head off a looming Friday government shutdown – just the 40th law passed by this Congress, which is on pace to be the least productive in at least a half-century.

Those 40 bills – four of which were continuing resolutions to extend the budget that Congress has been unable to pass since fiscal 2024 started October 1 – are about 11% of what would normally be passed at this point in a typical congressional session.

The number of bills that have been passed by one chamber and are stalled in the other is only slightly better, at about 30%. The 118th Congress was sworn in on January 3, 2023, and runs through January 3, 2025.


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