The year-end verdict on Congress is pretty stern according to CNN, which publishes a poll indicating:
... that nearly three-quarters of the public say that this has been a "do-nothing" Congress. Two-thirds of those questioned said the current Congress is the worst in their lifetime, with 28% disagreeing.
And Drew Desilver of Pew Research points out that:
… the 113th has passed fewer substantive measures than any Congress in two decades — just 55 laws, versus 63 in 2011 (the first year of the 112th Congress, itself one of the least productive in recent history). Overall, the current Congress has enacted only 65 laws …
All of which is, no doubt, true. But misses one essential fact. The 113th Congress did not pass any laws that ran to 2,000 pages, intended to “fix” the health care system. By that measure, it has been, if not productive, then certainly merciful.