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.
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.
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.