Ostensibly the House and Senate are intended to be equal partners in legislating but in recent years the Senate has started to legislate less. Even when the same party controls both chambers, the Senate takes up just a fraction of legislation the House does.
This isn't just McConnell's fault. Reid didn't want to make his vulnerable Senators up in 2014 take needlessly controversial votes.
Some of them like Landrieu and Pryor were doomed no matter what votes they took. A bad candidate in Iowa cost Dems a seat and a retirement in WV made that a certain flip.
I don't blame Rockefeller for retiring. Running again simply wasn't possible for him, healthwise.

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