As 2013 comes to a close, the Office of the Democratic Whip has created a new digital calendar year-in-review website feature, where you can find a detailed, visual display of how the House Republican Leadership chose to spend time, and which issues they chose to focus on, over the past year.
Under Republican leadership, 2013 is on track to be the least productive year for the House of Representatives in modern history. Only 57 bills have been signed into law, the least for any year since 1947, when record collection began, and 48 of those were non-controversial measures that passed the House on suspension, by voice vote, or by unanimous consent. Of the nine bills that became law after full consideration in the House (under a rule), which are highlighted in yellow on the calendar, five of them passed only thanks to significant support from Democratic members.
As shown on the calendar, Republicans spent the vast majority of this year passing extreme, partisan bills that hurt working Americans, gut environmental protections, retreat on education, shut down the government, and repeatedly attempt to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act. There are critical issues that the Republican-led House failed to address this year, including job creation, fixing our broken immigration system, extending unemployment insurance and passing a final farm bill.
Below is a screen shot from the digital calendar year-in-review website feature, where users can view every bill the GOP Leadership chose to give full consideration (under a rule) in the House in 2013. Each bill can be clicked on to view the full summary from the Democratic Whip office's Daily Whip.