The Didn't-Do-Much Session

It wasn’t the least productive Congress in history, but almost

The divided Congress on its way out was the second-least productive of the past 40 years. Lawmakers passed 296 laws in 2013 and 2014, a dozen more than their predecessors in the 112th.

Eight that matter:

Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013
Funded programs to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
Extended legal protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals

Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013
Reduced payments on millions of student loans

Continuing Appropriations Act of 2014
Reopened government after an internal battle among Republicans over Obamacare led to a 16-day shutdown

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013
The first appropriations bill approved by a divided Congress since 1986

Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014
Authorized 34 water-related infrastructure projects, including dredging U.S. ports to accommodate the bigger ships built to transit the expanding Panama Canal

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Consolidated federal and state employment, training, and education programs and loosened restrictions on how federal money can be spent on job training

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014
Provided more money for Veterans Affairs doctors, created more clinics, and allowed vets to receive care at non-VA facilities

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