But a promise to work on important national priorities using a fair process should not be a novel plan, nor should it only come as the result of a crisis negotiation after a government shutdown.
Fairness and bipartisanship should be the norm, not solely the result of hard-fought compromises.
The simple fact is that Republicans have failed to show that they can wield unified power in a way that puts the good of the nation ahead of their own party’s extreme factions. Remember, this is a party that controls both the House and the Senate.
You cannot govern by funding the government just weeks at a time. The chaos of constant budget battles negatively affects our military, our seniors, our veterans, important medical research, and vital infrastructure improvements.
As Defense Secretary Mattis said back in August, “It makes us rigid. We cannot deal with new and revealing threats. We know our enemies are not standing still… So, it's about as unwise as can be.”
We need a spending bill that will ensure certain, stable, and robust funding of both domestic and military spending for the remainder of the year. We need to instill confidence and ensure stability. It’s time for Congress — Republicans and Democrats — to govern. That means working together responsibly and in a bipartisan way. The American people deserve better than the chaos they’ve endured over the past year.
Congressman Ted Deutch is a Democrat representing Florida's 22nd district in the House of Representatives. Deutch is a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, the ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, and also the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee.