Now that the government shutdown has ended and political brinksmanship has taken its course, the question we and other Americans are asking is what, if anything, did Congress learn? We hope that this Congress, especially the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, finally understands that governance and policy making can’t happen at the extremes. It’s time for congressional leaders to demonstrate that they can get things done and to prove that they can solve the problems facing our nation, instead of creating new ones.
Fortunately, there are voices in both parties already lining up behind finally passing comprehensive immigration reform. More than 180 Democrats have signed on to a bill in the House similar to one the Senate passed with strong bipartisan support earlier this summer. Republican representatives, including Rep. Dave Reichert, have argued for passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year. There are few issues remaining in Congress that can demonstrate this level of bipartisan support.