Congress, which has Friday off, finished their work week with an exciting, and unusually productive day of legislating on Thursday. The Senate voted to move the long-gestating unemployment aid extension forward, and the House "muscled" in a vote on a bill that would prevent Medicare payment cuts for doctors, according to The New York Times. This was all part of a more-productive-than-usual day in Washington, "where actual lawmaking has already given way to the partisan grandstanding typical of an election year," writes The Times. And while the day is noteworthy for the number of bills considered and voted on — but not actually passed, that would be asking too much — the real accomplishment is that our nation's leaders compromised. Mostly.
The 'doc fix'
To be fair, this wasn't so much a compromise as a calculated bipartisan effort to subvert conservative opposition. As The Wire explained earlier, Congress has been putting off a long-term plan to change the way Medicare doctors are paid for decades. The "doc fix" Congress agreed upon would have solved that problem, but the version the House voted for had a 10-year delay of the individual mandate attached to it.