These are all bipartisan initiatives overwhelmingly embraced by the public, and they save tax dollars. Is it perhaps time to have a Legislator’s Caucus, where members in both parties who just want to get something done can come together with ideas like these? Concentrating on “second tier” issues that don’t have to be controversial or expensive would have significant effect.
Who knows? Working together to get something done might become habit-forming.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., is a member of the Ways and Means and Budget 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.