America’s New Congress: What They’re Saying

Americans gave Republicans the keys to Congress in November, with one clear message: It’s time to work together.

What have we seen through 100+ days of the 114th Congress? A House and Senate that are working the way they’re supposed to — Democrats and Republicans coming to the table to advance solutions all Americans can be proud of.

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But don’t take our word for it. Here what they’re saying:

National Journal | Glimmers of Hope on the Hill

“With the deal on the Medicare “doc fix” and extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the House and Senate passing budget resolutions and the confirmation of a federal judge, things seem like they are starting to move.”

AP | Don’t Look Now, But Congress Is Actually Doing Its Job

“Republicans who took control of the Senate in January and increased their majority in the House say they have tried to allow Congress to function more openly, with more work done at the committee level and more chances for lawmakers of both parties to offer amendments.”

USA Today | New study suggests a ‘healthier’ Congress

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have pledged to refocus the legislative process around “regular order,” the process by which legislation is intended to move through Congress. That means a process driven by committees and with more open debate, particularly in the Senate where minority party rights are emphasized.”

U.S. News & World Report | It’s Not Your Imagination: Congress Really Is Working More

“Last month’s breakthrough on a long-standing Medicare payment headache was the most significant evidence yet that members of Congress had finally decided they’d had enough of the gridlock that has sent public disapproval soaring.”

Delaware Online | Bipartisanship flourishes without Harry Reid

“Reid refused to move a sanctions bill on the floor and wouldn’t allow a binding vote on the pipeline. Until the Murray-Ryan budget, the Senate did not pass a budget for a stretch of more than three years. Leading up to the 2014 midterms the Senate rarely took a vote on anything and even more rarely considered amendments.”

Arizona Daily Star | Green shoots of bipartisanship emerge on Capitol Hill

“Could Washington actually be working? The past week has witnessed several developments — on the Iran nuclear agreement, Medicare reimbursement rates, and fast-track trade authority — that offer grounds, if not for irrational exuberance, then for tempered optimism.”

Look for more bipartisanship this week, as the House will take up two bills to bolster America’s cybersecurity — an issue everyone would agree is in our nation’s best interest.