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The 113th Congress Was the Second Least Productive in History

If not for President Obama signing 61 bills into law late last week, a new heir to the title of "Do-Nothing Congress" would have been named.
Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building Dome before sunrise, as seen from a taxi, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.

Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building Dome before sunrise, as seen from a taxi, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Thanks to a last minute flurry of activity in the nation's capitol, this year's Congress narrowly avoided taking the title of  the"Do-Nothing Congress" of all time. 

In all, the 113th Congress, which is currently adjourned until the new year, had 296 bills signed into law over the course of two years, the Associated Press reports. That narrowly beat out the previous session's record for futility of 283 bills signed during a two-year period.