Unproductive Congress? Boehner: ‘Most Americans Think We Have Too Many Laws!’

By Elizabeth Harrington | July 18, 2013 | 12:31 PM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dismissed the notion Thursday that Congress is unproductive, adding that the House should be repealing more laws, not adding new ones.

During a press conference on Capitol Hill, a reporter began his question noting that the 112th congress was “historically unproductive.” Boehner immediately shot it down.

“Well that’s just total nonsense,” he said. “Now listen, we made clear when we took over that we weren’t going to be doing commemorative legislation on the floor—a lot of changes.

“In addition to that, most Americans think we have too many laws!” Boehner said. “And what they want us to do is repeal more of them.

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“So, I reject the premise to the question,” he said. “We’ve got a big job to do here, we need to stay focused in on those things that are most important to the American people, and right now those things are the economy, jobs, immigration reform, farm bill, important things that the House is working on,” he said.

The 112th Congress was called the “most unproductive” since record keeping began in the 1940s, but still passed more than 219 bills that were signed into law.

The 113th Congress is on pace to do less, passing 15 bills that have been signed into law so far.

One bill Boehner is insistent on passing, however, is immigration reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, we need immigration reform,” he said. “It’s good for our country, and frankly, it’s the right thing to do.”

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