Healthy Congress Index

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Healthy Congress Index provides Americans with crucial metrics for evaluating Congress’s ability to effectively legislate and govern. It compares results against past Congresses and will be updated on a quarterly basis. The index represents a new, long-term effort to bring accountability to Congress and answer the question: how is Congress governing?

The period covered by this installment is January 2015 through the end of March 2016 of the 114th Congress, and the numbers presented here are cumulative.


Time is Running Short for 114th Congress to Improve on Key Metrics
May 6, 2016

By March of its second year, the 114th Congress has maintained some of its improvements from its first year and remained behind on others.

Both chambers are about on par with their most recent predecessors in terms of the numbers of days spent working in Washington, but behind the norm prior to 2011 and what BPC recommends. Both chambers have also reported many more bills out of committee compared with recent previous Congresses.

In terms of floor process, the Senate continues to see high numbers of cloture motions filed and votes on cloture, suggesting a lack of agreement on when or whether to move forward on legislation. The amendment process in the House is mostly restricted, with few opportunities for members to offer amendments to bills.

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KEYWORDS: 114TH CONGRESS, HEALTHY CONGRESS INDEX