If one were asked to distill Congress’s primary responsibilities down to a single act, it would have to be passing bills into laws. Therefore, it makes sense to evaluate today’s Congress by comparing it to the Congress of years past. What matters here is not just sheer volume: Just because a single session of Congress sees an abundance of bills passed doesn’t necessarily mean that it has been particularly effective. What’s more telling is an analysis that takes into account both the quantity and significance of those bills. To the right, you’ll see the trend in bills passed over the last nine election cycles. Click on a year to see a breakdown of the types of bills passed during that Congress, based on the congressional committee they were introduced by.