Senate Has Failed To Act On 420 Bills Passed By House
This number is a little astounding:
The House ran another legislative lap around the Senate in September, widening the gap in the number of bills the chambers have passed this Congress to more than 400.
With only a lame-duck session remaining, the House since January 2009 has passed 420 bills that have sat on the Senate shelf, according to an updated list provided to The Hill.
Among the House-passed bills from the most recent period still awaiting action in the Senate are measures to audit the claims fund set up by BP after the Gulf oil spill and legislation to increase screening for diabetes. The Senate has also yet to sign off on naming post offices for George C. Marshall, the late actor Jimmy Stewart and the civil rights leader Dorothy Height.
Now, personally, I don’t find this to be a bad thing. If the Senate is blocking a bad House bill from becoming law, it’s serving it’s purpose. And, quite honestly, I think the nation will survive just fine without the Jimmy Stewart Post Office.