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The Pelosi-Schumer Congress of Jan 2021-Jan 2023 Could Be Among the Most Prolific


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Trump-era Congress did practically nothing, but Biden's 1st Congress has been hugely prolific, possibly more so than any Congress in the 21st Century. Look at this:

  1. 2nd Impeachment of Donald Trump
  2. COVID Stimulus Package/Rescue Plan
  3. Juneteenth as a National Holiday
  4. Bipartisan Infrastructure bill
  5. Bipartisan Safer Community Act (background checks)
  6. Anti-lynching Bill, finally successful after over 100 years of attempting to pass one. 
  7. Ukraine Lend-Lease Act
  8. Inflation Reduction Act
  9. Averting rail strike fiasco, something several presidents failed to resolve. 

Proposed bills waiting for Senate actions:

  • John Lewis Voting Rights Act
  • Equality Act
  • Washington DC admission act
  • Crown Act
  • Respect for Marriage Act (recognizing gay marriage and interracial marriage)

I'm curious which of the bills awaiting Senate action will get finished this term. 

Overall, it's clear Biden's legislative experience is an advantage that Trump and Obama didn't have in helping legislation get enacted. Aside from Obamacare, Obama had few legislative accomplishments in his first two years. Trump also had few legislative accomplishments. Biden has had the most success since at least GW Bush, but Bush's success had more to do with 9/11 and temporary unified support (something like 80%+ approval post-9/11). 

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:

Trump-era Congress did practically nothing, but Biden's 1st Congress has been hugely prolific, possibly more so than any Congress in the 21st Century. Look at this:

  1. 2nd Impeachment of Donald Trump
  2. COVID Stimulus Package/Rescue Plan
  3. Juneteenth as a National Holiday
  4. Bipartisan Infrastructure bill
  5. Bipartisan Safer Community Act (background checks)
  6. Anti-lynching Bill, finally successful after over 100 years of attempting to pass one. 
  7. Ukraine Lend-Lease Act
  8. Inflation Reduction Act
  9. Averting rail strike fiasco, something several presidents failed to resolve. 

Proposed bills waiting for Senate actions:

  • John Lewis Voting Rights Act
  • Equality Act
  • Washington DC admission act
  • Crown Act
  • Respect for Marriage Act (recognizing gay marriage and interracial marriage)

I'm curious which of the bills awaiting Senate action will get finished this term. 

Overall, it's clear Biden's legislative experience is an advantage that Trump and Obama didn't have in helping legislation get enacted. Aside from Obamacare, Obama had few legislative accomplishments in his first two years. Trump also had few legislative accomplishments. Biden has had the most success since at least GW Bush, but Bush's success had more to do with 9/11 and temporary unified support (something like 80%+ approval post-9/11). 

Regarding Obama, Biden was his legislative guy.  That was part of why he chose Biden.  More connections in congress and more foreign experience, two areas Obama lacked.

Obamacare was huge. So was the financial bailout and recovery (starting under Bush, but also largely part of Obama’s first term).  Those two alone likely ate up all of his political capital followed by Republicans winning both parts of Congress.  

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