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Ron Paul sponsored 620 bills as a Congressman from Texas.
One became law — H.R. 2121, which authorized sale of the old U.S. Customs House in Galveston, Tex.
Most of his bills never go anywhere. Many never even get a co-sponsor. Only four ever made it to the House floor for a vote. Only one passed — the courthouse sale.
As a Congressman, he failed to move legislation.
According to The Washington Post, 47 bills Paul introduced in the current Congress went nowhere. One would have forced the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations. Another sought to repeal the federal law banning guns in school zones. Still another wanted to allow private groups to coin their own money.
On average, just four percent of the thousands of bills filed by House members become law.
But that small percentage dwarfs Paul’s dismal record on legislation — just two-tenths of one percent.
“Ron Paul is a non-entity on Capitol Hill,” Jean Wilson, a former Capitol Hill staff member who knew some of Paul’s staff when she worked in the House, tells Capitol Hill Blue. “He was, well, just there. Nobody paid much attention.”
Some might say people are paying attention to the long-time Texas Congressman now in his third run for President but others say the possibility that he might win the Iowa caucuses next week is a fluke.
“It’s just the kind of thing that happens in a quirky campaign year,” says longtime Iowa watcher Andy Leeson. “Ron Paul will get his minute in the spotlight and then he will return to the his usual corner of obscurity.”
When Paul arrived in Congress in 1976, he introduced a bill to outlaw the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It went nowhere. Paul has sought to eliminate several federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service. Those bills also went nowhere.
A bill to force the U.S. to withdraw from the World Trade Organization actually made it to the floor for a vote. It lost 4-1.
He did get a resolution congratulating NASA on a successful shuttle flight passed by both Houses but the sale of the Galveston Customs House stands alone as the only Paul-introduced legislation to become actual law.
Even when Republicans control the House, Paul’s legislation goes nowhere.
“We used to have a good laugh when a something came down from Paul’s office,” says Bill Hedley, a former staff member of the House Legislative Counsel’s office, which fashions a Congressman’s wishes into proposed legislation. “Most of his stuff was way out there.”
But the man who can’t get his ideas into law as a Congressman may be one week away from winning the GOP caucuses in Iowa,
It’s that kind of political season.
(This article includes statistics compiled by The Washington Post)