Politics is known for brutal, partisan battles between the two major parties. But amid all the conflict in Washington, D.C., Congress has managed to achieve some bipartisan legislation.
Thousands of bills circulate Congress each year, but the vast majority never cross the finish line. The Senate requires 60 votes to break a filibuster, which means it is difficult for legislation to make it to the president’s desk if it is not bipartisan.
In 2021, Congress
passed over 70 bills
that were signed into law. Though they often do not receive national attention, a significant amount of those bills received bipartisan support. Many of them revolved around issues such as veteran’s affairs or national security, on which there have historically been bipartisan agreement. Here is a look at seven notable pieces of bipartisan legislation passed through Congress in 2021.