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Frank Keating: Congress shouldn’t wait til November

The Oklahoman

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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So what if it’s an election year? Congress must still do its job and prove that Washington cares about what’s important to the rest of the country. An election year actually offers lawmakers a special opportunity to showcase accomplishments — everyone is paying attention to policies and politics, from millennials to senior citizens.

We only have to look at the recent past to see that bipartisanship, even in the fractious environment that is Washington, can surface. Congress should seize that momentum to tackle issues vitally important to our economic and national security. We need to work together to maintain our military readiness, encourage businesses to invest and hire here at home, strengthen the middle class, and ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are protected.

At the Bipartisan Policy Center, we show that Republicans and Democrats can work together, without sacrificing their principles, to find a way forward. From my experience, the best result comes from working with both parties because everyone has their oar in the water.

Political gridlock doesn’t do anything for someone struggling to find a job. But finding bipartisan solutions requires effort.