Congress mirrors a divided country

We’re a nation that ought to be united, but can’t resist the temptation to divide.

Opinion

May 5, 2020 - 10:31 AM

Doyle McManus The Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — For a moment this spring, Congress rose to meet the challenge of a national emergency and passed four economic rescue bills in less than two months. Somehow, it seemed, the coronavirus had revived the art of bipartisan deal-making.

Those halcyon days are already over.

After a prolonged recess, the Republican-led Senate returns to session Monday, but the Democratic-led House won’t meet for another week. At this point, the two chambers can’t even agree when it’s safe to go back to work.

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