LETTER: Cooperation needed to more forward


Did you know that the U.S. House of Representatives has formed the Problem Solver Caucus? Did you know that the No Labels organization which is made up of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents and whose core mission is to give up the partisan approach to politics and focus on solving the nation’s most pressing challenges was influential in the formation of the Problem Solver Caucus? Did you know that Pennsylvania Rep. Charles Dent (R) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R) are members of the Problem Solver Caucus?

President Donald Trump speaks to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

In 1787, our founding fathers demonstrated for future elected public officials how a significant outcome can be achieved for the common good of our nation. Because they had a shared vision for our county and a willingness to put their personal and partisan interests aside, the foundation of our democracy, the Constitution, was signed.

When Speaker Paul Ryan held his press conference to share that the Republican American Health Care Plan had been pulled, he admitted that bipartisanship will be needed if Congress is to move forward and function for the common good of the American people. President Donald Trump also reiterated the need for bipartisanship and expressed his belief that the spirit of collaboration, cooperation, and compromise will result in a stronger health care bill in the future.

March 24, 2017, was a great day for the United States of America because Ryan and Trump appear to have learned what the founding fathers understood in 1787 about effective governing and now what the Problem Solver Caucus are willing to revive in order to fix the broken legislative branch of our federal government. Perhaps Rep. Scott Perry will step up and embrace the spirit of bipartisanship so he can be a contributor rather than obstructing the legislative process.