As a certified mediator in the state and federal courts of South Florida, I spend untold hours trying to help parties in disputes find ways to compromise and move forward.
Recently, there was a vote on construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline; Republicans, mostly, favor its passage. It failed.
President Obama then announced that he will take unilateral executive action to alleviate immigration problems that have not been addressed by the House. Democrats mostly favor reform with a pathway to citizenship. This presidential move is guaranteed to cause continuing trouble on Capitol Hill.
I see a perfect opportunity for opposing parties to compromise by finding a way that the Democrats and Obama could allow passage of the pipeline bill in exchange for a House vote on the Senate’s immigration-reform bill.
I’m concerned that neither side has suggested such a compromise.