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Legislation is what pushes this country further by way of new laws. On city, state and national levels, legislation can have sweeping effects on citizens. The most controversial will see challenges made in court, perhaps all the way to the Supreme Court, like several well-known cases. Sometimes legislation is symbolic, sometimes too little, too late. In recent history, some of the most contentious debates and political battles center around specific legislation. Measures can polarize parties, polarize administrations, and polarize Americans.
The federal production tax credit for wind energy (PTC) should be extended — and reformed. The debate over the fate of the PTC, whether to extend in its current form or allow it to expire outright on December 31 of this year, is not without nuance. Reorienting the credit to prioritize innovation and cost declines caters to both camps, by extending the credit and making it smarter.
A bill about border security has been languishing in Congress for months. It would provide much needed tougher penalties for constructing and using underground border tunnels and seems a victim of our gridlocked politics.
Any number of simple electoral reforms would open our politics to the millions of Americans who are marginalized by the Republican-Democrat partisan political charade.