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Washington is not (entirely) broken

Neera Tanden and Tony Fratto write on the occasional bipartisan victory in Congress.

If you’re looking for proof that Washington is broken, there’s plenty of evidence. Democrats and Republicans can’t seem to agree on anything, from taxes and healthcare, to immigration, foreign policy, and gay marriage.  Yet, every so often, something happens in Congress that brings lawmakers together from both sides of the aisles and promises meaningful change in real peoples’ lives.

That’s exactly what happened this month when the House passed a bill that we believe could save countless lives and help millions of people lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The Electrify Africa Act passed the House overwhelmingly thanks to the leadership of both parties, especially the bill’s sponsors, Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the respective chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill. Click here to view the full article.

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 (Neera Tanden)

Neera Tanden

Former President and CEO of the Center for American Progress