Creating a more inclusive, balanced, resilient and enduring energy policy path requires a new structure and approach that builds on White House and Cabinet leadership and the expertise of nearly 20 federal agencies.
The United States Congress in 2012 has been the least productive and most gridlocked in recent memory. That reality is reflected in the lowest job approval ratings the public has given Congress since 1974 —the year President Richard Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment and removal over the Watergate scandal.
A cliff-hanger presidential election, major issues at stake, an estimated $6 billion spent in the 2012 campaigns and an eight million person increase in the eligible voters all failed to sustain the upward momentum for turnout from 2004 and 2008.
The percentage of eligible citizens who are registered to vote in Tuesday’s general election likely slipped moderately from the levels reached in 2008 and 2004. However when all states have reported their registration, it is likely to be higher than it was in the 2000 election.
Following the 2010 census, congressional seats have been reapportioned, and new district lines have been drawn.
Updated December 3, 2012
The 112th Congress can take clear action to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and establish a framework for achieving comprehensive spending and tax reform in 2013.