It has been more than one hundred days since the Republicans took control of Congress and during a period marked with deadlock it looks like progress is finally being made on Capitol Hill.
The American public is showing signs of becoming severely disillusioned with the political process as the Republicans flex their muscles and put a stop to any Democrat proposals by the President as far as they can but things look as though they are about to change and could this new wave of positivity continue on for the rest of the year?
According to a report by Reuters, back-to-back successes on bipartisan initiatives, one overhauling parts of the Medicare health programme, and one giving Congress a say in any Iran nuclear deal reached by the Obama administration, have lawmakers optimistic that gridlock may not be a permanent condition, after all.
But putting an end to partisan hostility is not something that can be overcome quickly and there are many tests to come for Congress with highway funding, trade, cyber-security, confirming a new attorney general and the federal budget and debt ceiling all fast approaching and decisions needed to be made.
Deadlock in Congress is not only bad for moving on the political agenda, it could also reflect poorly on the Republican party who are keen to see a Republican back in the White House after eight years. However if the public believe that it is the Republicans who are holding up government they could potential votes in the upcoming 2016 presidential election.
“We have to show people we can govern and that means finding common ground where we can find it,” Boehner said to Reuters.
While we have seen some success, being able to prove the efficiency of Congress to the voting public may take some time. Ingram, visiting Washington from Weston, Connecticut, told Reuters: “It’s kind of sad when it’s a big deal that two parties can agree on something and send it to the president. It’s sad that it’s not more typical.”
Professional politics may be a challenge to be fought in Congress but for the voting public it has very real effects on their lives and Americans may be coming to the end of their patience with potentially huge effects on the results on the 2016 elections.