In his second term, President Harry Truman condemned the snail's pace at which lawmakers actually got some work done, labeling it a "Do-Nothing" Congress. After all, the 80th Congress (1947-1948) only passed 906 bills over its two-year period.
The current Congress, by comparison, has passed just 196 bills, easily the lowest total since the U.S. House Clerk's office started keeping track.
Considering that the House of Representatives will have virtually the same leadership structure during the next session of congress as it did during the current session, there's no reason to expect the House will be any more productive in 2013 and 2014 as it was in 2011 and 2012.
John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and the Tea Party will still be calling the shots.