Nearly nine out of 10 Americans say they disapprove of the U.S. Congress, and for good reason, too, says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The current Congress is the least productive in history. But, says Pelosi in a column in USA Today:
The source of congressional inaction today is a Republican congressional leadership that cannot, or will not, govern; that will not put aside partisanship to work together.
She writes recent history proves, “It doesn't have to work this way, even with a House controlled by Republicans and a White House and Senate controlled by Democrats.”
Pelosi points to the 2007-2009 Congress when the roles were reversed, with Democrats in control of the House and George W. Bush was in the White House.
Rather than set up roadblocks, we worked across the aisle with President Bush and many Republican colleagues.
The Democratic House passed more than 230 key measures, with over 70 percent receiving bipartisan backing. By the end of 2008, in all, President Bush signed 460 laws passed by the Democratic Congress. Thus far, we can only say the same about 169 laws in the current Republican House.
Read Pelosi's full column here.