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September 2020

Bipartisanship: RX for Progress by Ilona Nickels

We have to see compromise as a necessary part of governing,
and not always as a selling out of one's principles.

Washington's favorite buzz word is "bipartisanship." Everyone thinks they know what it means, but all don't have the same meaning in mind when they use the word. Bipartisanship implies cooperation in policy-making among two parties that see things from different perspectives. It implies rising above the usual party divide to seek an outcome that serves the national interest.

On the other hand, it does not imply surrendering all principles just in order to get a deal.

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September 2020

Citizen Influence on Congress by Ilona Nickels

It's said that Washington is swamped with lobbyists. It is.
So where does that leave the average citizen? With the advantage.

Cynicism about Congress is understandable. It also leads to a dangerous passivity. Congress doesn't legislate in a vacuum. It is a representative institution and it really does reflect the cascade of voices bombarding it. Individual citizens must be part of the noise or risk being overlooked as decisions that affect their livelihoods and industries are made.

People often ask: Why can't Congress just get its act together and get something done?

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