Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, argued Saturday the legacy of the GOP-led 114th Congress has not been one of gridlock as President Obama and other Democrats have argued.
"On the first Senate bill debated in 2015 under a new Republican majority, the Senate considered more amendments, from both sides of the aisle, than the entire previous year under the leadership of Harry Reid," Grassley said in the GOP weekly address. "That is the dramatic change in the way business is done for you. And it's working."
Grassley pointed to the 219 bills the House and Senate have passed thus far that went on to be signed into law by Obama, shooting down Democrats' claims that gridlock has made the Republican-led Congress ineffective.
While the 112th and 113th Congress' were the two least productive in history, the Senate Judiciary chairman insisted his committee has a found a way around the partisan hold-outs.
"I adopted an approach to get things done for you," Grassley explained. "I decided early on that the Judiciary Committee would spend your taxpayer dollars and our time focusing on areas where we can reach an agreement, rather than on political fights destined for failure."
The committee focused on justice, public safety and reining in bureaucrats — issues that mattered to the public and would have been hard for members not to support.
The 27 bills the Senate Judiciary has passed out of committee had bipartisan support, which Grassley said got the drafts that far. Getting the president to sign all of them was a different problem.
"With four months left in this Congress, the Judiciary Committee has already outpaced the previous Congress in bills processed in committee, passed in the Senate and signed into law," Grassley said, adding they already have ideas of what types of bills to finish out the 114th Congress with.
"Bipartisanship has allowed us to make meaningful progress on good ideas from senators on both sides of the aisle. This principle has ensured the Republican-led Senate hasn't wasted time or resources," Grassley said, finishing on a defensive note.