Resigning Congressman’s record: 0-646
posted at 10:03 am on February 5, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
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 pajamas, relations with Taiwan, commemorative 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.