By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Once again, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and 1st District Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va., came in among the top 10 of members of Congress willing to work across party lines.
The nonpartisan Lugar Center — founded by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar — and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University released their annual Bipartisan Index Rankings on Monday for the 116th Congress, covering 2019 and 2020.
The index looks at members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and ranks members based on their willingness to work with members of the opposite political party. Lugar Center Policy Director Dan Diller said that despite the perception that the country is more politically divided than ever, individual members of Congress still worked together on numerous issues.
“Although partisan combat between the parties and their leaderships reached new lows during the 116th Congress, individual members of Congress worked on legislation with their opposing party counterparts with surprising frequency,” Diller said. “The Bipartisan Index scores show that despite the embittered partisan climate, members still sought out bipartisan partnerships in the run-up to the 2020 election — usually below the radar of the national news cycle.” …