There’s a new official talking point for Republicans, and it goes something like this: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House is doing nothing because Democrats are so obsessed with investigations and impeachment. (Let’s see, that bogus Benghazi investigation lasted—checks notes—28 months and cost almost $8 million. Okay, then.)
It started at the top on Wednesday:
Donald J. Trump
The Democrats are getting ZERO work done in Congress. All they are focused on is trying to prove the Mueller Report wrong, the Witch Hunt!
He picked it up again on Thursday with “The Dems can’t get over 2016 or the conclusive Mueller findings. They are now the Do Nothing Party!”
And from House Minority Leader Kevin “Putin pays Trump” McCarthy, to White House press secretary Sarah “Hasn’t done her job in over two months” Sanders, Republicans have picked it up. “They have achieved practically NOTHING since taking over the House, and their obsession with impeaching this president is paralyzing any progress we could be making as the UNITED States,” McCarthy tweeted huffily.
Oh, really? Let’s just see: A quick search shows that 248 bills have passed in the House since January 3. Out of that 248, 116 have gotten roll call votes, meaning they’re not just renaming post offices and shit. Twenty of those have gone to the White House, and 17 have become public law. This means that just 20 of them made it to the Senate floor.
Among the highlights: the Equality Act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and to make prescription drugs more affordable; two disaster relief bills; a bill restoring net neutrality; the Climate Action Now Act; a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act; background checks for all gun sales; an equal pay bill to help close the gender pay gap; and the For the People Act, an historic anti-corruption reform bill with provisions to make our elections fair and safe.
Not too shabby for less than five months’ work. Just for fun, below are all the significant bills—actual legislation, not resolutions and not busy work—that have passed the House since January 3 that the Senate has not taken up. As you can see from that list, Republicans are full of shit. But you didn’t really need this evidence to know that.