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Letter: Dems working to solve issues

  • Author: Bob Martin
    | Opinion
  • Updated: December 2, 2019
  • Published December 2, 2019

I was surprised by Mr. Roberts’ letter Sunday in which he complained that, by focusing on impeachment, Democrats aren’t spending time and energy “solving our nation’s important issues.”

A quick online search showed that, since the Democrats took over the House in January, they have passed bills addressing anti-corruption, campaign finance, ethics, voting rights, health care, consumer protection, civil rights, gun safety, environment, military and foreign affairs, violence against women, anti-terrorism, immigration, wages, climate—and the list goes on.

In fact, according to today, the House has passed or agreed to 529 bills and resolutions since January.

But the Senate hasn’t acted on many of them.

In July, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed to block Democrats’ progressive policy proposals, telling an audience to “think of me as the grim reaper.” It takes both chambers of Congress to pass laws and it takes compromise between the political parties to find language that best suits the needs of the people.

Despite Mr. Roberts’ claim, it is clear that the Democrats are working hard to put forward their ideas to solve our nation’s issues. If the Republicans find them too progressive, then let’s debate them, find common ground and move forward.

— Bob Martin

Eagle River

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