Speaking with Bob Schieffer on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that Congress “should not be judged on how many new laws we create, we ought to be judged on how many laws that we repeal.”
“We’ve got more laws than the administration could ever enforce,” continued Boehner. “We don’t do commemorative bills on the floor; we don’t do all that nonsense. We deal with what the American people want us to deal with.”
The current 113th Congress is on pace to become the least productive Congress in history, having passed just 15 bills that President Obama signed into law as of July. The House of Representatives has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than three dozen times and Boehner pledged many more repeal votes.
Schieffer asked Boehner how he feels to be the head of the stagnant institution.
“Unpopular? Yes. Why? We’re in a divided government. We’re fighting for what we believe in,” responded Boehner.
Schieffer pressed Boehner, saying that it’s not whether or not Congress is passing laws or not, Schieffer said that Congress is in “gridlock.”
Quickly changing topics, Schieffer asked, “What do you want your legacy to be?”
“He was fair to all. And protected the institution,” replied Boehner.