The Chief Majority Whip, John Cornyn, R-TX, challenged the idea that the Senate fails to get things done today.
He held up the 240 bills acted on by the Senate, 140 of which were signed into law. He compared this to the 15 passed while Harry Reid, D-NV, the current Minority Party leader, was the Majority party leader and the Democrats had control of Congress.
Mr. Cornyn went on to blame Democratic Party obstruction for any gridlock in the chamber.
“It’s because of their inaction,” he said, “they’re the ones who have blocked the appropriations process.”
Lamar Alexander, R-TN, backed up Mr. Cornyn while praising some of his Democratic colleagues for their willingness to work with Senate Republicans. He said it was important to recognize contributions from across the aisle, and give credit where credit is due.
Mr. Alexander also called the most recent Congress a productive one, and mentioned newspaper reports calling it one of the most productive since the 1990s.
–by Marlon J. Ettinger