Harry Reid Was Wrong, The Senate Did A Lot In 2015

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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The upper chamber got more done than Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid gave them credit for in 2015.

“This is the most unproductive Senate in the history of the country,” the Nevada Democrat said on the Senate floor in early-December. “And there are facts and figures to show that.”

Reid’s statement was inaccurate, the number of bills passed and votes taken since Sen. Mitch McConnell took over as majority leader has increased from what was seen from the 113th, 112th and 111th Congress, the Washington Post reports.

Several of the bills passed in the Senate were not small feats.

For the first time in a decade, Congress managed to send a long-term transportation bill to the president’s desk. Major reforms were made to the way doctors get paid under Medicaid, several tax breaks were made permanent and lawmakers passed the biggest education reform bill in nearly a decade.

The Republican-controlled Senate even managed to get a balanced budget proposal through for the first time since 2009.

Whether one agrees with the policies in the bills passed, it looks like Congress is doing something after all.

“By any objective standard, I think the Senate is clearly back to work,” McConnell said during his end-of-the-year news conference.

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