WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan's bill providing tax credits to help people pay for health insurance failed to pass during the two-year session of Congress that ended this month.
So did Rep. Gwen Moore's proposal for grants to help needy workers buy used cars to get to work.
Sen. Russ Feingold's legislation paying for restoration efforts for endangered whooping cranes also went nowhere.
But that's not unusual.
Only 3 percent of the more than 14,000 bills introduced in Congress during the past two years were signed into law.
But congressional scholar John Fortier of the American Enterprise Institute says that doesn't mean lawmakers are ineffective.
Fortier says members of Congress can do good work shaping bills in committees or lobbying against certain proposals.
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