April 23

Who Says DC Gets Nothing Done?

For many of you, you may think that DC is a constant gridlock, that there is no bipartisanship, and that our politicians get nothing done. While this may have been the case for the Democrat controlled senate, the tables have turned with the new Republican majority. In the first 100 days, the new senate passed 12 bipartisan bills, the keystone pipeline bill, a balanced budget, the Clay Hunt Veterans Act, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, Medicare Access and CHIP, along with holding 100 plus Amendment and Roll Call votes. Today, another important vote was brought to the senate floor, and received a huge bipartisan vote that passed with 99 votes out of 100 today- The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
This bill aims to tackle human trafficking in the United States, a huge problem that has not been adequately dealt with in the past. Senator John Thune from South Dakota said regarding the bill, “I’m glad that Senate Democrats finally dropped their weeks-long filibuster of this bipartisan, common-sense bill that targets the scourge of human trafficking and helps give a voice to the voiceless.” He continued that this issue is like modern day slavery. On the House side, Congresswoman Kristi Noem has been very vocal on the need to become aware of this issue and for Congress to do something about it. While there is so much media attention on the Republicans for social issues, this really is an example of Congress taking the right steps to end a social injustice. It is hard to believe that there is human trafficking in the United States, and it is important that the Republicans in the House and Senate brought this to the surface, and dealt with it in a bipartisan way.
If you remember the November elections, the House Republicans continuously asked the senate to pass their 300 plus jobs bills that were just “gathering dust” on Senator Harry Reid’s desk. With the new majority, Republicans have made active strides to “get Washington working again,” and the result can be seen through the bills passed, as well as the new type of leadership in Washington.