Is it safe to say that most Americans are fed up with all the partisan fights that dominate the national political landscape, cause traffic jams, and virtually impede progress in the halls of Congress?
No matter which side of the political spectrum you land on, you must feel at least a sigh of relief, if not joyful exuberance, that something has finally been done that can benefit most Americans.
And it was voted on by Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of Congress. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Very often, whether the headlines are good or bad, meaningful or insignificant, we tend to have short memories. But passage of bipartite infrastructure bill is an important step to remember for a long time, for many reasons.
The bill’s very name, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, goes to the heart of critical areas that will have short- and long-term benefits for Americans and the nation. Things we can see and feel that will have a direct impact on our daily life.
In addition to creating millions of jobs, replacing old roads and bridges, the bill will make historic strides in tackling the climate crisis and advancing the goal of the clean energy transition to slow or even stop the massive pollution of our environment.
There is no doubt that in the months and years to come, we will see the visible results of this historic investment. Future generations too.
But there is something equally important to celebrate besides the tangible benefits of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. It passed both houses of Congress with a bipartisan vote.
Although the bipartite margin may have been small and narrow, it was nonetheless bipartisan. To listen. To listen.
Despite the diehard supporters criticizing his passage To advance personal political agendas, let us hope that this historic passage signals a new beginning of civility, collaboration and compromise – the essentials necessary to conduct the affairs of the people.
Extreme positions, whether on the far right or the far left, rarely dominate the day. On the contrary, they only serve as sources of delays, animosity and dead ends.
So what is the end goal of extreme partisanship? Certainly not what is in the best interests of most Americans.
State legislatures across the country should take note of what just happened in the US Congress.
Most legislative initiatives at the state level are hyper partisan. We have seen an increase in the number of extreme partisan bills passed when it comes to right to vote, Abortion, COVID-19 Mandates, implementing the expansion of Obamacare and Medicaid, even to what should or should not be taught in public schools.
Such hyper partisanship went to Washington and took hold. So much so that it’s hard to tell who fuels, directs, and emboldens the behavior of the other – states influencing what happens in Washington, or Washington’s behavior influencing states.
For example: is the recent Republican senators vote to block voting rights law does the legislation reflect the behavior of state legislatures?
Sadly, legislation on critical issues that affect most Americans, over the past decade or more at the state and country level, has been passed or hampered purely on the basis of parties.
Has the partisan division formed a chasm too wide to close?
Has the public tolerated it for so long that elected officials believe such behavior is necessary to get them re-elected?
It is so important that the bipartisan passage of the Infrastructure Bill is not ignored, minimized or lost in its material manifestations as important and significant to our daily lives as they are.
Being able to work together as Republicans and Democrats to move meaningful and lasting things forward is just as important, just as critical, just as necessary.
We can look to previous decades to see excellent examples of major legislative texts which moved this country forward and improved the lives of Americans, which were adopted by Republicans and Democrats working together to find a good, if not the best solution.
They included foreign policy positions, the civil rights law, the NASA program that put a man on the moon, social security reform, welfare reform, vouchers law. plan, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), tax reform and many more since the inception of this country. founder.
With such a large bipartisan base and a record for getting things done, this should be something elected officials emulate today.
Bipartism is about doing the right things for the right reasons.
The American public understands the disagreements and opposing positions. The American public does not expect its representatives to embrace and perpetuate a state of dysfunction where only infighting reigns.
The bipartisan passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act may just be a beacon of hope, a beacon in a sea of political darkness, let’s focus on that little bundle and build on the hope that there is a greater light at the end of the tunnel of political discord.
This light doesn’t have to be a train. It could be the dawn of a new day, where bipartisanship reigns, no matter how difficult or how far from the initial positions.
The historic infrastructure bill deserves to be celebrated, but so too is the bipartisanship that promulgated it.
As we see job growth, as well as physical and environmental improvements, happening all around us, let’s keep this in mind.