We're part of a new group of 25 'problem-solvers' in Congress who want to put aside party labels and ideological battles and find common ground. Although we are both of different parties, we are finding areas of agreement because we are actively seeking them out.
As our constituents know, and as we – a Republican and Democrat in Congress – have experienced firsthand, today’s Washington too often approaches public policy challenges as ideological battles to win, rather than practical problems to solve. As the “to do” list in Washington gets longer and longer, it is no wonder Congressional approval ratings are at historic lows.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the recent election will fix the problem. Over 90 percent of incumbents were reelected. And despite the billions of dollars spent on campaigns, we ended up roughly where we started: with President Obama in the White House, Democrats controlling the Senate, and Republicans controlling the House of Representatives.