Amid the wild politicization of immigration, infrastructure, and healthcare in a polarized Washington, there are compromises to be made on both sides, according to former Democratic Party Chair Ed Rendell.
"That's what we need in America right now," Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, told host John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y. "We need to do a bipartisan immigration bill. Which means both sides have to compromise. We need to do a bipartisan infrastructure bill, which means both sides are going to have to find a way to fund it and stick by it.
"And we need to do a bipartisan fix to Obamacare. Republicans should realize they are not going to repeal Obamacare – and try to change it and make it better. And the Democrats should pitch in and do that."
Striking a moderate tone with host John Catsimatidis, Rendell acknowledges the need for a border wall and immigration reform, despite Democratic resistance and obstruction.
"There are some places where the wall is necessary and good – and if the professional personnel tell us there was additional wall needed to be built, we should agree to build it," Rendell said. "But we should agree to build it only if the other side compromises, and, let's say, fixes the Dreamers. And then what they ought to do is compromise on a really comprehensive solution to all of the problems facing us with immigration. Let's get it done! Both sides can compromise."
The problem with compromise in Washington is having to give in to the other side that has shown a distaste for the president and his policies, moving beyond legislation to investigation.
"It's a fine line . . . we're ought to legislate, and not just investigate," Rendell said of House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler's, D-N.Y., investigations of the Trump administration, presidential campaign, and private organizations. "We are there to do the people's business. But there are some areas where investigations are appropriate. No question about it."
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