Like you, I am disappointed by the lack of bipartisan cooperation in Washington today. Too often Members of Congress from both parties focus on what divides them rather than on shared common ground. While there are many reasons for the current level of polarization in politics, I am optimistic that by coming together with Members on both sides of the aisle, we can overcome some of the obstacles to cooperation and pass laws that make a real difference for our families.

I strongly believe that we can accomplish more when we work together, which is why I have repeatedly joined with my Republican colleagues to find legislative solutions to our shared problems. For example, I recently joined with Rep. David McKinley to cosponsor the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, legislation that updates our building codes to increase energy efficiency. I have also joined with Republicans on legislation to address such diverse problems as animal welfare, flood insurance, and human trafficking. In each case, we made real progress by focusing on shared values and common sense solutions.

Please know that I will continue to reach out to my Republican colleagues on issues where I see common ground and work towards solutions that bring tangible results to the people of the Fifth District of Massachusetts.