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Bipartisanship still has a heartbeat

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has concerns about the current state of our nation, and specifically about the policies being pushed by the Trump administration. We share those concerns over such things as limiting access to health care (potentially affecting 130 million people) and the incredibly misguided practice of separating children from parents arrested while trying to cross the border — just two of the myriad Trump-related issues.

But Wyden also notes there is evidence of bipartisanship left in Washington, D.C. In the strange-bedfellows category, Oregon’s liberal senator teamed up with the conservative majority leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, to author a bill, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would legalize hemp, and also joined in with Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., in co-authoring the Wildland Fires Act of 2017, which separates the funding for fire prevention and fire fighting and provides more money for fighting major blazes.

When asked if he were optimistic about Democrats’ chances in November, Wyden said he wakes up optimistic. With the regular chaos raining from the White House, that takes some doing, and we have no doubt that our senator’s naturally cheerful disposition often diminishes during the day.

But he gives us hope that there will be a better tomorrow, that our elected leaders will remember that they’re there to represent all people, not just the extremes, and that their efforts should be focused not on their parties, but on their country.