113th Congress not the least productive in modern history
BY MARK MURRAY, NBC News
(NBC News) - Well, it turns out the recently concluded 113th Congress wasn't the least productive Congress in modern history.
It was the second-least productive Congress.
Thanks to a rush of activity in its final days, 296 bills were signed into law during the 113th Congress (2013-2014), as of Dec. 19, barely surpassing the all-time low of 283 enacted during the 112th Congress (2011-2012).
Still, a good chunk of the bills signed into law this year alone - more than 50 - accounted for legislation naming post offices or other federal buildings. So hardly the type of work that would make a Daniel Webster or Tip O'Neill proud.
And the combined productivity of the 112th and 113th - in which Republicans controlled the House and Democrats the Senate - is the lowest of any back-to-back Congresses on record.
Here are the number of public bills signed into law by Congress since 1947:
113th: 296 (so far)
SOURCES: Library of Congress, Vital Statistics on Congress