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It's been a busy few months for Congress. Yet even with the flurry of legislative activity, gridlock still defines Capitol Hill.

House Republicans were able to pass a bill to keep student interest rates from shooting up, which died in the Senate. And a bipartisan group of senators passed comprehensive immigration reform, but House Republicans are refusing to take that bill up. Sequestration remains on the books and is slowly nibbling away at the paychecks of many government workers.

Northern Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly says Congress needs to shape up in the coming month.

"The first six months of this Congress have been among the least productive in American history," he says. "Only 13 bills have been passed into law in the first six months of this year. That's gotta be a record low."

Lawmakers only have about a month to tackle the controversial issues on their plates before leaving for the August recess. Many policy watchers aren't holding their breath though as this Congress hasn't shown many glimmers of hope.

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