2011 Senate 'Laziest' in Decades

2011 saw least-productive session since 1992
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2012 3:05 PM CDT
2011 Senate 'Laziest' in Decades
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).   (Getty Images)

The 2011 Senate produced less legislation than any other since 1992, according to a report by the chamber's own secretary. Throughout its 170 days, the Senate was in session an average of just 6.5 hours per day; only 2008's Senate had a lower figure, with three members running for president. The 2011 Senate also confirmed just 19,815 nominations, the fewest in 20 years, and passed a total of only 402 measures, the second-fewest since 1992. The data is particularly embarrassing because 2011 wasn't an election year, when productivity typically falls, the Washington Examiner reports. (More Senate stories.)

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