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GUEST POV | Congressman John Yarmuth on Washington progress

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By Ky. Rep. John Yarmuth
U.S. Congressman

Mitch McConnell recently gave his Point of View on Washington progress. While the Senator and I don't often agree, I concur that there has been some welcome bipartisanship in Congress this year.

We prevented a shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, reformed the Patriot Act to assure security and privacy, and after years of delays, permanently fixed Medicare payments to doctors.

These are important accomplishments, but there's no time for celebration.

As Minority Leader, Senator McConnell considered it his role to block the President's agenda. But now he sets the Senate's agenda, and there are several bills with bipartisan support that could help the American people immediately.

There's the Partnership to Build America Act, which would create a public/private infrastructure bank to put Americans to work rebuilding our nation's roads, highways, and bridges.

There's immigration. As a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight I helped draft a comprehensive bill to reform our immigration system, and it's supported by Republicans and Democrats, along with law enforcement, the Faith community, the Chamber of Commerce and many others.

There's the Senate's bill to reform No Child Left Behind. This bipartisan plan would help ensure America's children get the best education in the world.

If Senator McConnell is serious about working together, I couldn't be more excited. There's so much we can do to improve American lives, and we can't afford to wait.

I'm Congressman John Yarmuth and that's my Point of View.

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