Why Bridging the Political Divide is More Important than Ever

During our third annual joint House and Senate Republican retreat last week, Major Scotty Smiley, a soldier living in Spokane who lost his eyesight to a suicide bomber in Iraq, taught us an important lesson on teamwork. “If we [work together],” he argued, “we’ll continue to be the best nation in the world and accomplish goals none of us thought we could set.”

I’ve been reflecting on his story and how divided we are as a country, and in my op-ed in TIME’s Motto, I share how my team is working to set the example on Capitol Hill. America is strongest when we work together — despite our differences.

Click here to read my piece in its entirety.