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Congress’ New Year’s Resolutions

POLITICO

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The dust has long settled on the 2014 amid-term elections. Voters spoke loud and clear. And the one and only mandate they provided is that our elected officials govern and legislate.

The appropriate tone and actions must be set from day one of the new Congress. The timeframe for legislating is all the more compressed by the oncoming 2016 presidential elections. That event should serve as an incentive for providing results and solutions.

What’s required now is pivoting from messaging to legislating. We believe opening day of the 114th Congress is key in adopting the changes that are conducive to consensus-building and laying the foundation for potential cooperation. At a moment when the American electorate is so closely divided, it is even more incumbent upon Congress to develop solutions that bridge the political gulf, rather than policies that simply reflect ideological entrenchment.

There are at least five simple and realistic steps the 114th Congress could take to help Washington be more productive—and tamp down the “dys” while re-emphasizing “function.”

KEYWORDS: 2016, MITCH MCCONNELL, DAN GLICKMAN, OLYMPIA SNOWE, JOHN BOEHNER, COMMISSION ON POLITICAL REFORM, 114TH CONGRESS, HEALTHY CONGRESS INDEX