For over a decade now, we in the industry and those affected by law changes, have waited for a big piece of legislative change. After President Obama was elected, Congress couldn’t agree on bi-partisan and comprehensive immigration reform. What was even more stunning was that the piece of legislation drafted was the result of the gang of 8, 4 Republican and 4 Democratic lawmakers. One very prominent lawmaker, who is the son of Cuban immigrants went so far as to participate in helping to write the reform bill and appear on Sunday morning news shows educating the people and lawmakers about what was in it and why they should support it. Then a few weeks into his media blitz, he suddenly stopped supporting it and walked away from the whole thing. In fact, he appeared on the news right after the President made his State of the Union address as the Republican resistance to the policies of the President’s agenda. I would not be surprised to see something tonight almost exactly like what we saw all those years ago. A President laying out policies he’d like to see Congress pass and a minority party disagreeing. The real question here is will we get action? All the marketing and politics and positioning in the world doesn’t mean a thing if we can’t get Congress to function. Congress shut down the government for 3 days this month because they couldn’t agree on how to fund the government and how spending and debt should be dealt with. Although its nothing compared to the government shut down in 2013, it still affected the entire US.
All 435 members of Congress are not going to agree all the time. There will need to be compromises made in order to keep passing laws and funding the government. I can’t wait to see what this group comes up with after tonight’s address and before the government runs out of money again on February 8.