The below linked piece isn’t gonna get much attention in the media because it doesn’t fit the fight/fight narrative that is peddled around that Democrats and Republicans CANNOT work together to get anything done in Congress…….
That is NOT true mostly…..
While the Media and other ‘s point to Obamacare and Merrick Garrilick as prime example of two major American political party Federal legislators political knife fighting….(The Republicans blocking all things Obama?)
The fact is the parties HAVE worked together to pass budget, defense, and several Healthcare Bills….
Even as a Majority party since 2010?
Republicans have and will STILL need Democrats to get legislation done…Not every bill…Nope….But Most….
And less democracy IS the way things get done….
NOT more OPEN decentralized posturing that GOP wingnut’s beatdown John Boehner as Speaker…..
The more people at the table?
The more mouths to feed…..
Which sounds right but actually gets less done…
Strong leadership in Congress works and will be tested….
But it must be done outside the spotlight’s to work….
In 1985-86, new laws garnered an average of 341 votes in favor of passage in the House (78 percent of all representatives) and 83 votes in favor in the Senate. In 2013-2014, those numbers were nearly identical: an average of 321 votes in the House (73 percent) and 81 votes in the Senate.
Why do we still see so much bipartisanship?
Even as Congress has become more partisan in certain respects, it still exists in a constitutional system of bicameralism and separation of powers, with frequent periods of divided government as well. This almost always requires that congressional leaders put together broad coalitions to succeed in legislating.
Interviews we conducted with longtime members of Congress and congressional staffers revealed that changes to congressional process are simply adaptations to the challenges of intensely divided parties, small congressional majorities, tight budgets, and large deficits. Open and deliberative processes of the past, while once a means of building consensus, now often foment obstruction and political point-scoring — opportunities for which minority party lawmakers are more than happy to take advantage.
In fact, leadership-led processes are often more flexible and better suited for negotiating compromises in this environment. Leaders can selectively involve other lawmakers in negotiations, avoiding potentially recalcitrant committees, committee chairs, or other would-be power-brokers. Leaders can also more easily craft legislative packages across committee jurisdictions, finding creative ways to formulate or fund a policy that would be stymied within a single committee.
The secrecy that comes with leadership-led approaches to lawmaking — while often condemned — is actually beneficial too. Working in the public eye makes it difficult for lawmakers to have the open discussions necessary for productive negotiations, and it limits the willingness of negotiators to float ideas that may draw heavy skepticism within their parties.
The ‘Replacement ‘ for the Affordable Healthcare Law, Obama care, most certainly will HAVE to have Senate Democrats imput, even though a LOT of dissatisfied Democrats want Democratic US Senate Minority Leader Schumer to NOT do ANYTHING with the Republicans….
Schumer has already said that he IS open to working with Republicans on certain things…..
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