The Boehner House has actually done way less than the famous “Do-Nothing Congress”.
Even so, as Jennifer Steinhauer pointed outyesterday, the present Congress has done far less than the so-called “Do Nothing” 80th Congress of 1947-48, which produced 906 laws.
The average number of enactments in a given Congress from 1947 through 2010 (via quick calculations from the Resume of Congressional Activity) is 637. And if the do-nothing Congress actually did quite a lot, the 112th Congress will fall well short even of the current record holder for fewest enactments in the postwar period, the 104th Congress of 1995-96. That Congress produced 333 laws.