According to many liberal media outlets, the House of Representatives has been a complete failure. Hosts and guests on various MSNBC programs frequently call this the “Do Nothing Congress,” while slamming the GOP leadership for the lack of bills being passed.
Is this an accurate portrayal?
Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz have repeatedly bludgeoned their viewers with statistics and charts claiming that this Congress has been the least productive legislative body in America’s history.
However, according to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the House has passed a bevy of bills that are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk in the Senate.
How many bills? Blackburn told TheBlaze that 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate.
Additionally, according to the congresswoman, 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. She also pointed out that 200 of the bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from the entire chamber and more than 100 were passed with 75% support of House Democrats.
To make her point that the House is working, but the Senate is where the obstruction exists, Blackburn printed all of the bills that the House has passed and stacked them on a desk with a Harry Reid nameplate. She took a photo standing next to the pile of bills and posted it on her Twitter account. (When Blackburn started this campaign, 332 bills had been passed. At press time, that had number increased to 356.)
— Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 25, 2014
Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins pointed out the bipartisan support for the House bills.
Numbers never lie: Over 50% of the 352 bills sitting on Harry Reid's desk passed the House unanimously, zero opposition. #StuckInTheSenate
— Lynn Jenkins (@RepLynnJenkins) July 29, 2014
Rep. Larry Putnam (N.C.) posed with the pile and sent a message to Reid.
— Larry Putnam (@Larryputt) August 1, 2014
Even Speaker Boehner tweeted about the mountain on bills that have been relegated to the back burner by Reid, calling it a "Sharknado" of House-passed bills.
On July 31, Blackburn and another Republican Representative, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina posted an article titled, "Let's Get The Senate Back To Work" on Blogher.com.
In that blog post, Blackburn and Ellmers point out that 40 of the bills sitting in the Senate "are directly related to job creation, growth, and retention."
Also, the two legislators point out that bills offering very specific assistance to the "more than 3.4 million workers between the ages of 20 and 59" missing from our labor force.
The post ends with some strong language about the Senate Majority Leader.
"We are calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get off his self-constructed throne, roll up his sleeves, and get back to work. Real lives, a real economy, and a true American recovery hang in the balance."
TheBlaze's Pete Kasperowicz also noted some additional issues in the U.S. Senate and tweeted this observation late Friday.
What is the Senate? Obama makes illegal recess appts, no biggie. CIA spies on the Senate, not much outrage. That is one cool saucer...
— Pete Kasperowicz (@PeteKTheBlaze) August 1, 2014
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