Analysis: For Legislators, This Election Year is Over

Elections get in the way of governing. For lawmakers, there’s the temptation to please the crowd for a short-lived rise in political rankings, the fear of making mistakes that could prompt attack ads, and the concern that a difficult issue cannot be addressed in the face of a populist wave.

At the federal level, the November election has become one excuse for the lack of progress on immigration legislation. The underlying idea is that with an election on the line, members of Congress will not vote the same way they would vote without voters — and political opponents — breathing down ...

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