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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.