Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has been in Congress for a long time. Back in 2012, The Huffington Post reported that Paul Ryan had only passed two bills in the last decade.
In 2000, he passed a bill renaming a Post Office in his district. In 2008, he amended a bill to put taxes on arrows (yes, arrows). Wow, what great accomplishments.
To date, he has gotten three bills he sponsored passed into law. In addition to the post office and the arrow tax, he has also gotten a bill passed to establish a commission on evidence-based policy making.
He has co-sponsored bills, but that is not that special. Many bills become law with over one hundred co-sponsors.
Jennifer Victor, a professor of political science at George Mason University and an expert on Congress, said:
“Some legislators may be very active in a policy area, but rarely see enactment. Think of someone who introduces many bills, perhaps symbolically, and they all die in committee or get voted down on the floor.”
Ryan has introduced over 93 bills total. Victor points out that introducing a bill does bring awareness to a topic or issue. However, Ryan suffered a big blow this week when his American Health Care Act failed on the House floor.
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