Congress will be closely divided the next two years, and most observers see things going one of two ways.
Washington can either get smothered in gridlock until the 2024 elections, or our elected officials can cross party lines to work together and solve the problems facing the country.
Members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus are making it clear which path they want.
Democratic co-chair Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) said in a joint interview with Republican Caucus member Don Bacon (R-NE) that the narrowly divided House gives members a chance to “find common ground and get things done.”
Rep. Bacon echoed that sentiment, saying: “If we want to move our country forward, we must work together. America can’t be stuck in neutral.”
Problem Solver Debbie Dingell (D-MI) said in a recent interview that “there are a lot of people in the middle that are worried about the direction of this country and they want to see us get things done.”
Republican member Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA) agrees: “If we’re going to get our country back on track, Congress needs to work together and put an end to the business-as-usual Washington that got us here.”
This isn’t just good policy, it’s good politics. The Cook Political Report argued that many Democrats with strong bipartisan credentials won the support of independent voters in their districts that were critical in carrying them to victory.