David Weigel at Slate has a post today about how only 15 bills passed by the 113th Congress have been signed into law by President Obama. By comparison, Mr. Weigel notes that on July 12, 2005, President George W. Bush signed 13 bills into law just on that day.
One might think that if only 15 bills have been signed into law, then there were probably some vetoes. One would be wrong. According to Wikipedia, President Obama has not vetoed any bills passed by both houses of the 113th Congress. In fact, President Obama has only vetoed 2 bills during his entire presidency.
Some people think that the government that governs best governs least. To give the that thought some intellectual heft people often attribute it to Thomas Jefferson but the statement does not appear in his writings. I don't know whether the 113th Congress vindicates or discredits that school of thought. It does seem like Congress is giving an great example that when opposite parties control the houses of the legislative branch, there is not going to be a lot of new laws.