Guest view: Congress shows negotiation can work
September 16, 2022
There are two especially striking aspects to the "Inflation Reduction Act," the sprawling climate-change/tax-reform/health-care legislation that just passed Congress and was signed into law by President Biden. The first is that it passed on strict party-line votes. And the second is that in an unexpectedly productive Congress, this makes it unusual.
The measure was the product of a year's worth of patient negotiation and compromise in the Senate. And while there are portions of the law that might have had appeal across the aisle - the idea of allowing the federal government to negotiate dru...