Dysfunction in DC at all-time high

Amarillo, Texas - Dysfunction in DC is at an all time high, and now, our local Congressman, Mac Thornberry is speaking out about it.

For the first time ever in US history, just 11% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing.

These days, on Capitol Hill, it seems there is a whole lot of talk, and not a lot of action. The numbers back it up.

The 2011 112th congress was the least productive since records began being kept in 1947. They passed just 80 bills.

Even the Congressmen themselves know something needs to change for people to start having faith in them again.

Here's Mac Thornberry. "People are angry about over spending, about the debt that's being passed onto our children and about too much government in our lives."

WTAMU political science professor Dr. David Rausch agrees. "They just pass around blame. It's not my fault, it's his."

With Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans in charge of the House, ending the arguing and making big legislative breakthroughs isn't going to be easy.

So Thornberry says it's time to focus on the little things.

"We need to look at smaller victories, like we might pass a highway bill. We might pass a farm bill."

Most of all, he says, his fellow Congressmen need to remember why they're in Washington in the first place.

"We need to keep our nose down and do what our constituents elected us to do."