Senate Democrats

111th Congress Accomplishments

The 111th Congress “refuses to go quietly.” The past two years in Congress have been some of the most productive in decades. Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute said the 111th Congress is “at least on par with the 89th Congress” of 1965-1966. Burdett Loomis, a Congressional scholar at the University of Kansas, said this Congress has produced “a legislative output ‘in Great Society territory’ for its reach and importance.” And David Leonhardt of the New York Times remarked in May that “Congress and the White House have completed 16 months of activity that rival any other since the New Deal in scope or ambition.” Here is a look at the extraordinary accomplishments during the 111th Congress:

Health Care Reform

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Wall Street Reform

Jobs Package (HIRE Act)

Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Tax Relief Package

Small Business Lending Fund

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Children’s Health Insurance Program

Child Nutrition

Food Safety

First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

Travel Promotion Act

Housing Loan Modification

Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act

Pigford/Cobell Settlement

Credit Card Company Regulations

Education Funding

Student Loan Reform

Confirmed Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan To The Supreme Court

FMAP Funding

Tobacco Regulation

Public Land Management Act

National Service Programs

Weapons Acquisition Overhaul

Funding for Our Troops – Defense Appropriation and Supplemental

Emergency Border Security Supplemental

Hate Crimes Prevention

Veterans Caregiver Assistance

Iran Sanctions