Partisanship doesn’t have to reign supreme in the U.S. House during the next Congress, according to one lawmaker from Illinois. The Republican Party will have its largest majority in the House since 1929 when the new Congress is sworn in next year. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) says it will still take negotiation and a willingness to work with the other political party in order to get bills passed.
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“We can come up with legislation that is supported by those members, both in the House and Senate, who want to come together and compromise and get some things done,” Lipinski said, “and we can get that done past the objections of those on the right and on the left.”
Lipinski says there was stronger bipartisanship during the final weeks of the current Congress, with 130 bills and resolutions getting passed.
That helped the outgoing Congress avoid claiming the title as the least productive in modern history. 297 new laws were passed by the 113th Congress, just ahead of the modern low of 284 passed by the 112th.