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Resigning Congressman’s record: 0-646

posted at 10:03 am on February 5, 2014 by

Heck, not even the Chicago Cubs in their worst seasons had losing records like Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ), who abruptly resigned from his seat this week. In 23 years, Andrews proposed 646 bills. Guess how many went on to become law?

In his 23 years in Congress, Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-N.J.) has written 646 different pieces of legislation. That is a vast array of bills, covering a vast number of subjects: children’s pajamasrelations with Taiwancommemorative coins and trade duties on licorice.

But all of Andrews’s bills had one thing in common.

They didn’t become law.

Only four of Andrews’s hundreds of bills have ever passed the House of Representatives. But none of them passed the Senate, so none made it to the president’s desk.

Even in Congress, where the vast majority of bills fail, that is an unusually awful batting average. By those numbers, Andrews would be America’s least successful lawmaker of the past two decades.

Andrews claims that his ideas ended up being part of 110 successful bills, but seriously … Andrews served from 1991 until now. His first two terms was spent in the majority, the second of which came under a Democratic President. He also had one more term in the majority under Obama, when he had much more seniority and was a key ally of Nancy Pelosi. And he still couldn’t get his bills passed?

That’s some serious impotence.

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That’s like watching the ’08 Lions repeating their futility 40 times.

Flange on February 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

In 23 years he couldn’t make enough friends to at least get a commemorative coin bill passed?

Not even a sympathy, er, law?

rbj on February 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

What the article is not saying, is his bills did not get passed because they were so far to the Left.

In NJ……..

That’s really all you need to know.

KMC1 on February 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Trade duties on licorice. I guess Mike and Ike Koch were behind this.

cbenoistd on February 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

That’s like watching the ’08 Lions repeating their futility 40 times.

Flange on February 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

…the 0-16 Lions…had a perfect winning pre-season though!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

And in those 23 years he grabbed how many taxpayer dollars?

Mimzey on February 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

…the 0-16 Lions…had a perfect winning pre-season though!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

And they’re the only team to play every season in the Super Bowl era and never make it. Hell, they’ve only made the NFC championship game once, just to get rolled by the Crimson Hide.

Flange on February 5, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Congress has been passing laws for 240 years. Just how many do we need to be a functional society?

I’d like to pass a law that they take a decade off of “work” (but I’ll settle for signing an Executive Order).

NoPain on February 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

If only all of them could have such a record.

Hucklebuck on February 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Why are we under the impression we need MORE laws written to be successful? Personally I would deem a lot of laws repealed as a much better sign of success. We have too may laws as it is. Hell, most people can’t get through their day without committing a felony.

HotAirian on February 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

So by continuously proposing legislation, he was essentially like the Coyote continuing to purchase products from Acme, huh?

radjah shelduck on February 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Why are we under the impression we need MORE laws written to be successful? Personally I would deem a lot of laws repealed as a much better sign of success.

HotAirian on February 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

While I agree with your general principle, Rob Andrews apparently thought that our country needed 646 more laws, or he wouldn’t have proposed them. So by his own standards, he wasn’t a successful legislator.

If a Ron Paul/Rand Paul type decided to make his goal in Congress to repeal existing laws rather than passing new ones, he would still need to propose bills to do so. And if the bill succeeded, that would count as passing a bill, even though it would result in the number of laws in the United States Code being reduced.

J.S.K. on February 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Technically, Paul Ryan’s record isn’t much better.

portlandon on February 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

646.

CA has “One Bill Gil” Cedillo who has written only one and tried to get it passed at least five times.
That bill? Driver licenses for illegal aliens.

Surely there are legislators who have written none.

TimBuk3 on February 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Since when did ‘passing bills’ become a sign of success? I think he the MOST successful House member in a generation.

Clark1 on February 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

If only *all* our Congressman were so unsuccessful, we would all be much more successful.

Seriously, that record would be awesome if only he didn’t also support so many other bad laws.

PrincetonAl on February 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

We need more like him.

Kensington on February 5, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Trade duties on licorice. I guess Mike and Ike Koch were behind this.

cbenoistd on February 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Thread winner. Shut it down.

Lanceman on February 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Sounds like Ron Paul’s record.

cptacek on February 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

That’s some serious impotence.

…they’re all limp!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

We need 535 like him and then perhaps the country might have a chance.

Mr. Bingley on February 5, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Congress has been passing laws for 240 years. Just how many do we need to be a functional society?

I’d like to pass a law that they take a decade off of “work” (but I’ll settle for signing an Executive Order).

NoPain on February 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Exactly. They all seem to think their success is based on how many MORE laws they pass each year.

yhxqqsn on February 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

and this is a bad thing? I wish there were a whole lot more reps with an oh-fer record. We’d be a heck of a lot better off in this republic.

Lost in Jersey on February 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Just found a new favorite congresscritter.

thirtyandseven on February 6, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Misleading headline. Before I clicked, I thought they meant he voted yea 0 times and nay 646 times and was disappointed that someone with such a stellar voting record would retire.

crrr6 on February 6, 2014 at 8:46 AM

A truly perfect record others should emulate.

Darianis on February 6, 2014 at 10:23 AM

You can’t win them all.

virgo on February 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

I hoped he’d fail…

einstein on February 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM