Sen. Rubio 0-for-63 passing bills solo in gridlocked Congress

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Media Outlet: Bradenton Herald

"It's like asking how good people are farming during a drought," said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow in the political reform group at New America, a Washington research center. "Back to back, you've had the two most unproductive Congresses in a long, long time. So it's really hard to measure who is productive because nobody is." "As a Republican serving in a Democrat-controlled body, his bills always would be at a disadvantage," West said of Rubio. "A better measure would be going forward. Now that Republicans have a majority in the Senate, the percentage of his bills that are enacted is a better gauge of legislative effectiveness."


Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the program on political reform at New America. He is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying (Oxford University Press, 2015).