One Big Thing: Do you think bipartisanship is important to sustaining democracy?
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Earlier this month The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University released the Bipartisan Index rankings for the full 116th Congress (2019 - 2020). This annual report is a bipartisan measurement of the degree to which Senators and Representatives work across party lines on legislation. Republican Senators scored more bipartisan while democrats held higher scores in the House. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) held the highest individual bipartisan ratings in their respective congressional chambers.
Today, the separation between Republicans and Democrats is as high as it’s ever been but this report demonstrates how lawmakers are still finding ways to work with folks across the aisle. In a democracy, civil disagreement fosters enriched debate on the issues that matter but in today’s political climate, these conversations are far and few between. While politicians must work together in order to govern our country, bipartisan discourse and civil disagreement starts at the citizen level.
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