Local Reps Weigh In on Stalled Congress

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Two Valley congressmen were in town Thursday and both weighed in on productivity in Congress and the critics who say lawmakers haven’t done enough.

The 112th congress is referred to as the most unproductive, passing less than 300 laws.  The current session seems to be following in the those footsteps, passing only 10 laws so far this year which is six less than their predecessors in the same time frame.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6th, said there is some progress being made in this term.

“I would say the Senate was probably the one most unproductive in American history, but certainly the House of Representatives did its work,” said Johnson. “Congressman Tim Ryan and I have collaborated on several pieces of work. We worked together to get the Energy Department to begin opening the door to liquid natural gas exports.”

While Johnson and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13th, seem to agree on focusing on certain issues, they have different opinions about the productivity of the 112th congress.

“We’ve got to pick issues, not worry about where a certain group is going to fall,” said Ryan. “But like, let’s pick issues we can agree on, investments in transportation, some certainty in the tax code.”

“I think it’s true. I mean, I think there’s gridlock in D.C. and some of the stuff that passes the House of Representatives I’m glad doesn’t pass the Senate and get signed into law because it would be so detrimental,” Ryan said.

Americans don’t seem to approve of what is or isn’t being done in Washington by this group. A Gallup poll earlier this month revealed that Congressional approval rating sits at just 16 percent.

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