We all continue to hear about the dysfunction of Congress and how there seems to be no bipartisanship, but the data tells a semi-different story. As Members of Congress left town to campaign last week The McKeon Group + Quorum Analytics conducted deep research and used large data sets to compare the 114th Congress with past Congresses at this point in time over the last 25 years to see how the current Congress measures in productivity and bipartisanship.
The 114th Congress has introduced 9,746 bills to date, which is greater than the 8,583 bills introduced by the 113th Congress.
Productivity and Bipartisanship From The 101st through 114th Congress’
Percent Of Bills Passing Original Chamber Is Higher Than Previous Two Congresses
Both the House and the Senate have seen an increase in the percentage of bills that pass the original chamber at this point in the 114th Congress as compared with the 113th and 112th Congress. The House is above their historical average with 11.2% of bills introduced passing the chamber while 4.8% of bills introduced in the Senate passed the chamber.
Comparing the two chambers we found that the House of Representatives introduced 6,286 bills, which is greater than the 25-year average of 5,760 bills. In comparison, the Senate introduced 3,460 bills, which is greater than the 25-year average of 3,171.5 bills.
More Bills Enacted By Congress
Congress has enacted 229 bills in the 114th Congress which is below the historical average but is higher than the 215 bills enacted by the 113th Congress and the 205 bills enacted by the 112th Congress at this point in time.
The 114th House of Representatives has enacted the least number of bills in the last 25 years. With 150 enacted bills to date, the House has enacted fewer bills than the 113th House’s 162 enacted bills, and less than the 25-year average of 173.7 bills.
The 114th Senate has enacted 79 bills to date, which is greater than the 113th Senate’s 53 enacted bills, and is also above the 25-year average of 69.6 bills.
Increased Bipartisanship in the Senate, Slight Decrease In Bipartisanship in the House
Analyzing cross-party co-sponsorships shows that bipartisanship increased in the 114th Senate to 26% of co-sponsorships coming from someone from the opposite party an increase of 2.5% from the 113th Senate. In contrast, bipartisanship in the House has decreased slightly from 23.4% in the 113th House to 22.9% in the 114th House.
To view the longer-term, you see that there have been historically 26.3% cross-party co-sponsorships averages over the last 25 years in the House of Representatives and 28.8% in the Senate.
Why McKeon Group?
The McKeon Group continues to lead the industry in using important data to explain, disseminate and where to best place our clients for success. The bigger findings as a result of this study is that there have been gains in productivity and slight changes in bipartisanship. We value data and using it as a way to best achieve our client’s objectives whether in government contracting or advocacy on the Hill. It was our unique goal in undertaking this study to show when legislation is most likely to be enacted and which chamber has had the most success by using various important data sets to strategically plan for our client’s priorities.
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