Strengthening Bipartisan Cooperation
Granite Staters don’t expect Members of Congress to agree on everything, but they do expect us to work together and put solving problems ahead of partisanship. At a time when we face major obstacles in New Hampshire and as a country, we must bring people together to find common sense solutions. While both parties have real differences and will disagree on some issues, Congress owes it to the American people to work together on the things we can agree on.
That is why I joined with a group of Democratic and Republican colleagues who are committed to working together to solve our economic challenges. Early in 2013, we created the United Solutions Caucus to focus on balanced ways of addressing our nation's fiscal challenges. I am proud to be a founding member of this coalition of new Representatives from both sides of the aisle who share my commitment to finding common ground and breaking through the gridlock to solve the problems facing our country. That’s what New Hampshire families expect and deserve.
And that is why I am taking part in the following efforts to increase bipartisanship in Congress:
- Founding United Solutions: I am a founding member of the United Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan coalition of New Representatives focused on finding common ground.
- Pushing for Bipartisan Budget Talks: At the beginning of the 113th Congress, I led a push for congressional leadership to meet with new members of both parties to forge a bipartisan budget agreement. I have repeatedly pushed for increased bipartisan dialogue and reiterated this call when working to avoid a disastrous government shutdown.
- Working Across the Aisle: As part of my commitment to working across the aisle, I have introduced and advocated for a number of bipartisan bills, including legislation to:
- Facilitate the adoption process (H.R. 2439);
- Close costly and long-empty federal bank accounts (H.R. 1856);
- Improve veterans benefits for survivors of military sexual trauma (H.R. 2974);
- Improve whistleblower protections for individuals who report sexual assaults in the military (H.R. 1864);
- Encourage the greater use of automation to improve the processing of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation claims (H.R. 1805);
- Repeal a costly and duplicative catfish inspection program (H.R. 1313); and
- Expand access to capital for small businesses (H.R. 1106).
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