By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
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Washington (CNN) – Gun legislation is locked in negotiations behind-closed-doors. As is immigration reform. The most frequent public activity for Republicans and Democrats in Congress remains criticizing each other.
And yet, there is a chance that Congress may be slowly getting more done, or at least avoiding gridlock, than in the past few years.
[2:18] “I think they finally recognize that it was unacceptable. That the partisan divide was so great it impeded progress.”
– Olympia Snowe, former Republican Senator and current chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform.
CNN looked through the past three months of votes in the House and Senate and discovered that of the major measures that received final votes, many passed with substantial bipartisan support in both chambers. What Snowe and others hope is a sign (if a modest one) of progress, others see as simple maneuvering.
[2:51] “Very little of what goes on will result in a policy change or a policy. Instead, it’s positioning. It’s spin. It’s just trying to make people think you’re doing something when you’re not really accomplishing much at all.”
– Stan Collender, Qorvis National Director of Financial Communications and former staff member of both House and Senate Budget Committees.
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