Letter: Shea-Porter should reprioritize
U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter seems to blame House Speaker John Boehner and the Tea Party for preventing the passage of legislation this year (“Congress, party of three,” Monitor Forum, Aug. 14). She bemoans the lack of legislation to end the sequestration, fund the government and improve infrastructure, education and the tax code because she deems these to be essential matters.
What if they are not essential? What if climate change is the only issue that truly requires leadership and legislation this year? And what if she and her fellow Democrats are not doing enough to guarantee climate change legislation? Shea-Porter was dealt a set of political cards to work with in Washington, and it is time she found the courage to play those cards with finesse and acumen. Let her imagine what she and her fellow Democrats need to give to Tea Party Republicans in order to garner their support for climate-change legislation. It is called negotiations. In order to solve climate change, everything should be on the table. Everything.
(The writer is a member of Citizens Climate Lobby.)