January 09, 2013

How Would You Rate the 112th Congress?

By CREW Staff

U.S. CapitolWith the end of the 112th Congress, it is time to take stock of how the legislative branch performed on issues of concern to CREW.  Much has been written already about the 112th Congress, most of it negative.

From CREW’s perspective, Congress deserves poor marks for failing to make any substantive reforms in the areas of transparency, ethics, money and politics, and corporate reform.  Even Congress’ success in passing the STOCK Act was marred by the shameless tactics of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who gutted the bill before bringing it to the floor for debate.  The resulting legislation was a hollow shell of what could have been one of the most substantive government reform measures in nearly a decade.

While Congress may be content with its record-low approval ratings, the American public should not be.  Survey after survey shows voters care about these issues, and Congress should care too.  In closing the book on the 112th Congress with little, if anything, to celebrate, we can only hope the 113th Congress offers new opportunities for meaningful reform.

You can read our report here.  We’d love to hear your thoughts as well. 

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