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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 the 114th Congress in December 2016, and the numbers presented here are cumulative.


114th Congress: 114th Congress Improves, but Gridlock Overshadows
January 19, 2017

The 114th Congress undoubtedly saw improvements to the legislative process, but there were concerning trends as well.

The committees in the House worked at an energetic pace to report its highest number of bills. The Senate greatly increased the number of amendments considered on the floor. Less positively, neither chamber worked to its full potential in terms of the number days spent working in Washington nor have conference committees been used often as a means to resolve the differences between chambers on legislation. On the floor, the Senate struggled to move forward with legislation and the House did not shift toward a more open process for amendments.

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KEYWORDS: 114TH CONGRESS, HEALTHY CONGRESS INDEX