|Hoyer Op-ed: Setting Partisanship Aside is the Best Way to Achieve a Better Future|
Setting Partisanship Aside is the Best Way to Achieve a Better Future
By Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
Four years ago, President Obama took office against a backdrop of severe job losses, an auto industry on the brink of collapse and a housing market shaken by a foreclosure crisis. The very foundations of the American Dream appeared to be faltering. As he stood to address an anxious nation, our new president declared that “the state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.”
As we prepare to watch the president take the oath of office a second time, we look back on four years of action by his administration to strengthen our economy that was indeed bold and swift. The Recovery Act saved millions from losing their jobs. New programs helped families with underwater mortgages to remain in their homes. While some said our auto industry ought to be allowed to fail, Obama and Democrats made a bet on America’s workers, and that bet continues to yield dividends to our wider economy.
But as much as the president has been able to achieve these victories, there is still much work to be done, and bold action ought to continue.
However, over the past two years, too much bitter partisanship has gotten in the way of real progress on the most important economic issues: creating jobs, reducing deficits and protecting
The American people have once again clearly indicated the direction they want our country to go, and with their votes they sent a message that Democrats and Republicans in Congress must work together to solve our greatest challenges. Bipartisan compromise has long been the forge on which our democracy is strengthened, and we need to tap once again into that tradition to move our country forward.
There are many ways Congress can fail, but rising above the differences of party to embrace that which unites us as Americans is the best guarantee of success. Our challenges will not wait;
When it comes to creating jobs, Americans are looking to their leaders in Congress to cultivate an environment where businesses can succeed, expand operations and hire for middle-class jobs that
In order to have a strong economy, we also need to get our fiscal house in order. Reining in deficits will not be possible unless both parties are willing to reach a reasonable compromise. Neither
By working together to make the tough choices we know are necessary, we can achieve what has so far proven elusive. Only a big and balanced approach, combining spending cuts with new revenues, is sufficient to meet the challenge we face. That must continue to be our goal, and it is all the more attainable if those in Congress can set party aside and put country first.
At the same time, we must ensure that the policies Congress sets in place do not put at risk the most vulnerable in our society. Instead we ought to be legislating with an eye toward growing our