The 118th Congress is on track to be one of the most unproductive in modern history, with just a couple dozen laws on the books at the close of the year. Despite promises of progress and meaningful legislation, Congressional Republicans are on track to be even less productive than last year, illustrated by their implosions in the past week. The lack of productivity is a cause for concern as important issues such as gun laws, national security, and international affairs await action.
One tool that Congress has at its disposal to address the issue of unproductive legislation is the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This act allows Congress to void rules promulgated by federal agencies. However, the effectiveness of the CRA is yet to be seen, as its implementation and tracking remain a challenge. A tracker that follows the status of CRA can provide insight into the progress made by Congress in tackling regulatory issues.
It is also important to analyze the voting patterns of Senate and House Democrats and Republicans in relation to President Joe Biden. Understanding how often they align with the President's agenda can shed light on the level of cooperation and bipartisanship in Congress. This analysis can provide valuable information on the current political dynamics and the potential for progress in the future.