WASHINGTON, D.C. - The first 100 days became a yardstick of leadership when Franklin Roosevelt signed a stunning 15 bills into law in 1933, making good on a promise to begin patching-up a bruised nation in the early days of the congressional session.
On Wednesday, the 114th Congress – the first since 2006 with a Republican-controlled House and Senate - hit that 100-day benchmark. So, have members followed in the FDR-era footsteps and managed to raise America from the ashes like a star-spangled phoenix (i.e. bald eagle)?
Well, you can be the judge of that. But they did tweet a lot. And given the new leadership, we thought it’d be worth checking in on what they’ve done so far, including the two major accomplishments members snuck in before deadline.
The session started with hopeful aspirations to effect change. A new dawn. A new day. It was sweet, really.
Hopeful for a productive & constructive Congress focused on growing jobs, increasing wages & improving the economy.— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) January 6, 2015
Lets hope today's swearing-in in doesn't begin two years of swearing-at. Let's meet in the middle: strengthen the middle class.— Steve Israel (@RepSteveIsrael) January 6, 2015
And what did Congress do with all of that exuberant goodwill? It tried to oust House Speaker John Boehner. Because nothing says party solidarity like an early coup.
I am not voting for #Boehner. Honest. Principled. Conservative. Leadership is what I want.— Cong. Tim Huelskamp (@CongHuelskamp) January 6, 2015
But despite opposition from conservatives looking for a fresh (or maybe just not-so-orange) face, Boehner came out on top. It was time to get to business. And hey, look! There was a bill signed only days into session!
Pres Obama signs first bill of 114th Congress reauthorizing govt underwriting terrorism risk insurance for another 5 years.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 13, 2015
Well, that was fast, wasn’t it? Some Republicans were pretty excited to attribute a surge in productivity to new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s open amendment reforms.
Amazing fact: Senate has already voted on more amendments in 2015 than Reid allowed ALL YEAR last year.— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 23, 2015
But the grand reformation in the Senate hasn’t led to a surge of major legislation. Obama has slapped his signature on nine items from Congress, which is on par for the first 100 days of Congress during his presidency.
But, of course, there have been two vetoes, which even passive aggressive tweeting couldn’t prevent.
If you’re interested in jobs and infrastructure, approving the #KeystoneXL pipeline should be a no brainer.— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) March 4, 2015
Aaaand there was the whole DHS shutdown thing.
Plus, some pretty big things that have been hanging in the balance since, you know, February.
I strongly oppose Loretta Lynch's nomination for Attorney General. Please, WATCH and RETWEET! https://t.co/QUilIhYGby— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 27, 2015
But as is fitting for the last-minute Tax Day deadline, the Senate moved two major pieces of legislation the day before its 100-day anniversary.
SFRC unanimously approves Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 requiring congressional review of any final deal with Iran.— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) April 14, 2015
We knew you could do it! Happy 100-day birthday, 114th! Let’s turn it over to some of your own to say a few words:
Today marks 100 days of the new Republican Congress: 100 days of dysfunction, obstruction & distraction. Americans deserve better.— Rep. Stacey Plaskett (@StaceyPlaskett) April 15, 2015
Well, that's awkward.
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