Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- On January 3rd, the 112th Congress of
the United States of America finally ends. Thank God.
To properly evaluate the 112th, consider the record of its
predecessor, the 111th Congress, which ran from January 2009 to
January 2011. The fighting 111th passed the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (better known as the “stimulus”), the
Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), and the Dodd-Frank
financial reforms. It passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
and expanded both the Serve America Act for community service
and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It created
significant new anti-tobacco regulations, ratified the New Start
nuclear arms reduction treaty, ended “don’t ask, don’t tell”
in the armed forces and agreed to the 2010 tax deal, which
extended the Bush tax cuts in return for the passage of middle-class stimulus.