It has been scary to see the failure of the United States Congress to forge bipartisan compromises in order to pass certain bills. The Congress had been so fixated over funding the Department of Homeland Security that it fails to see other problems. This dysfunction has prevented Congress from getting something to accomplish. Congress needs to start working other bill as well. Congress had been face the dilemma over the pressing for Japan to recognize Korean comfort women. Congress could begin the process by finding common ground on a few important issues of importance to American children, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and education. Earlier this year, former House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor talked about how the Congress should move beyond gridlock by keeping in mind that over eight million children will be born over the next two years. He said that “The future of those 8,053,000 little boys and girls deserve to have the two years of this Congress focused on them and not the next election.”
The bipartisan agreement would be a difficult task for the Democrats and the Republicans. Failure to work on a bipartisan basis in the House would result in the bill having to be pulled off the House floor because it would not have the votes to pass due to splits within the Republican party on it. And, even if it were to voted out of the House, the legislation stands no chance of being passed in the Senate or signed into law by President Obama. Fortunately, Republican representative Lamar Alexander and Democrat representative Patty Murray engaged in bipartisan negotiations to move an education package forward to modify the failed No Childe Left Behind law. Still the Congress is pressed by the public especially over 1500 organizations from across the country to extend CHIP for four years. Citizens have been reliant on this federal-state program. In tandem with the Medicaid, CHIP has successfully cut the nation’s uninsured rate in half and has improved the health and well-being of millions of children over the last 18 years.
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