Claim: Paul Ryan has sponsored two Congressional bills that have been passed into law.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, August 2012]
Is it true or false that Paul Ryan managed to get only
In his 13 years in Congress, Paul Ryan got only two bills passed. One was to change the name of the post office in his home town.
Origins: In August 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tapped as his vice presidential running mate Congressman Paul Ryan, who has represented Wisconsin’s
According to the Library of Congress’ THOMAS legislative
information source, Rep. Ryan in his Congressional career has been the primary sponsor of two bills that have been passed and enacted as law: a 2000 bill to name a United States Postal Service facility in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, and a 2004 bill to modify the excise taxes on arrows used as archery equipment. (In the former case, the bill did not name a USPS building after Ryan himself, as mentioned in one of the examples reproduced above, but after Les Aspin, a Democratic Congressman who for
In general, several thousand bills are introduced in every Congress, but only about 5% of them — roughly an average of one per Congressmember per term — are eventually passed into law.
Last updated: 16 August 2012