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U.S. Capitol Building at night
The 112th Congress doesn't end until Jan. 3, but that duck is getting lamer by the minute, so let's take New Year's Eve and omgscaryholycrap fiscal cliff curb day to give the 112th a hearty "don't let the door hit you" and ourselves the wish for a happier 2013, Congress-wise.
Regardless of what happens today, the 112th Congress is going to wind up as the least popular and least productive Congress (in terms of legislation becoming law) in the modern era. For starters, Congress’ approval rating the last time the NBC/WSJ poll measured it (in August 2012) was just 12%, and a whopping 82% disapproved of Congress—the highest percentage in the history of our NBC/WSJ poll. In addition, just 219 bills have been passed into law—the lowest number since Congress began tracking this number in the 1940s. (And many of these bills were naming courthouses or post offices.)
Of course, that's least popular and least productive so far. I'm betting John Boehner and Eric Cantor have plans for the 113th Congress.
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Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:25 AM PST.

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