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Now, literally speaking, "con" in congress refers to congregation, for the opposite of progress is regress. Unfortunately, many times congress does seem to be the opposite of progress, even if it may not be so in the meaning of the word.

I believe this joke had been independently invented by many people (Great Minds Think Alike)

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Although "pro" often means the opposite of "con," the opposite of progress is either regression or stagnation (no progress).

The observation that the (US) Congress is often seen as impeding progress might be applied to the level of its conservatism, or the fact that it often does the wrong thing for the wrong reason. There is no authoritative attribution to this humorous semantic observation, but many people feel it is true, at least some of the time.

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(This is the opposite of the actual joke about Congress. See the related question.)

If it means what is going on now, you would have to say yes.

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