Finger-pointing on stalled bills intensifies

Greg Nash

The finger-pointing over stalled legislation in Congress is escalating.

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House Republican leaders note that 171 House-passed bills are sitting in the Senate. Democrats in the Senate point out that 33 measures have cleared the upper chamber and are awaiting action in the GOP-led House. The blame game for what has been an unproductive Congress is expected to continue throughout this election year.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has set up a website that details each of the House-cleared bills. The site states that President Obama has signed 75 bills into law while 171 are "stuck in the Senate."

House Republicans say the economy would improve if the Senate acted. The list of House-passed bills tackle an array of issues, including cybersecurity, wild horses, energy, healthcare and Haiti. Republicans say 40 of the measures are job-creation bills.

Within the last week, Cantor created a “to do” list for bills that have received bipartisan support with more than 250 House votes.

"We've put together a helpful list of bipartisan bills he can start with that have passed the House with over 250 votes and are stuck sitting idly in the Senate. The do-nothing Senate really must do-better,” Cantor spokeswoman Megan Whittemore said.

The GOP effort to put pressure on the Democratic-led Senate represents a shift in tactics from last year, when Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Congress should be assessed on how many laws it repeals, not passes.

A Senate Democratic source dismissed the House challenge.

"The House has wasted its time on political-message bills and pointless attempt to repeal ObamaCare while the Senate has passed bipartisan legislation addressing the major challenges we face today," the Democratic aide told The Hill.

Bills on the Senate's list include immigration reform, online sales tax and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.