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Statement on Afghanistan

A humanitarian and strategic catastrophe is unfolding in Afghanistan. The United States still has a responsibility—to our Afghan allies and to the American people—to come together around a strategy that protects American diplomatic and military personnel, that secures critical American interests in the region, protects the lives of innocent Afghans and that prevents Afghanistan from …

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We are bipartisan ‘Problem Solvers’–let’s make a deal

These days, all Americans seem to hear is that Washington, D.C., is irreversibly broken. The two parties are at constant loggerheads, whether it be about voting rights, immigration, or any number of other issues. Leaders of both parties perpetually accuse their counterparts of overreach. Money, social media, and power incentivize members of Congress to reject …

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Biden Needs to Save the Infrastructure Bill

‘There ain’t gonna be no bipartisan bill unless we’re going to have a reconciliation bill,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said recently. Translation: Democrats won’t reach across party lines to pass infrastructure legislation unless they pass another spending bill with no Republican support. I worked closely with Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for decades. …

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Op-ed: Republican and Democratic leaders are far apart on infrastructure. Here’s a common-sense compromise

One of the things that has always made America exceptional is that when we see something that’s broken, we go out and fix it — or at least we try to. However, over the last few decades, while America’s infrastructure has crumbled and gradually fallen behind the rest of the world, Washington has been too …

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The window for bipartisanship in Washington is narrowing. Don’t let it close.

“To restore the soul and to secure the future of America requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity.” When President Joe Biden spoke these words in his inaugural address, I hoped he understood that unity would require standing up to the far left of his party and …

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The infrastructure package will be a moment of truth

Over the last few months Washington has seen major legislation travel along two wildly different paths. In late December a bipartisan core of rank-and-file members ushered a $900 billion COVID relief package through Congress despite resistance from leadership. More recently, however, a single-party relief bill was jammed through both houses via reconciliation. The question now …

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The Bible’s wisdom about addressing our political tribalism

It is time to move beyond asking what responsibility former President Trump bears for the attacks on our Capitol building on Jan. 6. That question has now been answered. As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after the Impeachment trial, President Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the attacks and was guilty of …

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Joe Lieberman: Maryland’s lessons for DC – this is what working for the common good looks like

The raw emotions from the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill assault and the impeachment hearings seem to have sent Democrats and Republicans in Washington back to their respective corners. It now looks like a COVID-19 relief package will be enacted with mostly (or only) Democratic support. That has signaled to some that the Democratic and Republican parties are …

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Senators should know precisely what they’re voting on

Weighing, debating and voting on proposed legislation is the most important thing Congress does. It’s serious business, and should be treated as such. If citizens don’t have faith in the legislative process, a big pillar of our democratic system crumbles. It seems obvious, then, that lawmakers and their staffs should have adequate time to read …

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