The last major law to pass the Senate was Dodd-Frank, the financial reform bill, on July 15, 2010. "As Republicans love to point out, the Senate also has not passed a budget since April 2009," writes The Atlantic's Molly Ball.
That's not to say the Senate has done nothing at all. They've pushed through some big and controversial deals, like the end of the debt-ceiling fight and the fiscal cliff resolution. But neither of these items can count as legislative accomplishments for Obama, and it's been over 2 years since any law passed that Obama can call a major personal achievement, Ball claims.
Why's this happening? One reason is Obama has lost some of his power over Dems in the Senate, say Republicans. If that's true, Obama's ambitious second-term agenda doesn't stand an ice cube's chance in hell of going anywhere.
One Democratic source claims this will all change in 2013, with renewed energy for bipartisan compromise on immigration and gun control.
Of course, some would argue that this lack of major laws passed isn't a bad thing, since not all lawmaking is good lawmaking.
Via the Atlantic.