In just 100 days, the Republican majority has transformed the Senate.
After years of Harry Reid's obstructive tenure as Senate Majority Leader, Republican leadership has taken control of the Senate in the 114th Congress's productivity has surged.
Already, 11 bipartisan bills have passed through the United States Senate.
54 bills have been reported out of committee.
And under the Republican Senate, there have been 94 Amendment Roll Call Votes (in 2015 so far), as opposed to 15 total for all of 2014 under Harry Reid's tenure.
Under the new Republican Senate, Congress is working again.
USA Today reports
The first 100 days of the 114th Congress offered signs of progress.… Republicans say the party is knocking the dust off its governing playbook for what could be one of the more productive legislative periods in recent years.Reuters chimes in:
…U.S. Congress may actually be starting to do things. One-hundred days into the Republican takeover of Capitol Hill, even some hard-bitten politicians are musing hopefully over the prospect of getting work done...Some of the Republican Senate's bipartisan legislative successes thus-far include:
Passing a Budget: USA Today reports
, "Republicans are on track to approve by the end of April the first budget since 2009 and the first GOP budget since 2006. …it's an achievement for a party eager to earn the public's trust.”
Passing the Keystone XL pipeline:
After years of legislative battles and a remarkable failure to pass the Senate under Harry Reid in 2014, the Keystone XL pipeline finally passed through both chambers of Congress, spearheaded by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.and fully embraced by the Republican Senate.
Bipartisan Trade Agreements: Politico reports
, "Senior lawmakers reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan trade promotion authority bill … Two Republicans — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan — negotiated for months on the ‘fast track’ trade legislation with Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat.”
Moving forward, USA Today reports,
There is promise on a number of policy fronts where bipartisan efforts are underway, particularly in the Senate...In their first 100 days in office Republicans have hit the ground running, in the months ahead, watch as our Republican majority continues to exceed expectations.