The 2012 elections have reaffirmed America’s desire to see both major parties cooperate to achieve real, tangible results. We have a meaningful opportunity again to forge a spirit of productive dialogue and even revive some cherished American political traditions that seem to have fallen by the wayside in our increasingly polarized political dialogue — conciliation and compromise. Let’s not waste the opportunity.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D.-N.Y., is a member of the Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.