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Tensions have been running at a fever pitch in Washington.>> Orchestrated political hit.>> A virtual mob that's assaulted all of us.>> But as Election Day approaches, Republicans and Democrats have also been working together->> Mr. Warner.>> To tackle everything from drug addiction to cellphones on airplanes.
I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where two stories have been dominating the news. First, Brett Kavanaugh's bruising Supreme Court confirmation battle. And second, the November Congressional elections. And that's obscured a real wave of legislative accomplishments, a burst of bipartisan deal making here on Capitol Hill, suggesting that sometimes Washington isn't quite as dysfunctional as it often appears.
>> Okay, that's a big->> President Trump on Wednesday signing into law a bill that aims to lower drug prices.>> The motion is agreed to.>> The Senate approving more legislation for Trump to sign. A sweeping water infrastructure bill, upgrades to the nation's water and sewer pipes, dams and levees.
A bipartisan compromise forged by Republicans Bill Shuster and John Barrasso and Democrats Pete DeFazio and Tom Carper. Also awaiting Trump's signature, a plan to fight the opioid epidemic. Setting up recovery centers for addicts, stepping up efforts to catch smuggled synthetic drugs from China. And increasing penalties for drug companies that pressure doctors to over-prescribe pain pills.
Congress also tackling air travel, directing the government to set minimum seat sizes on passenger planes, ban in-flight cellphone calls, and prevent airlines from removing passengers after they've been seated.>>
A move prompted by this viral video of David Dao being dragged off a United Airlines flight last year.
Lawmakers setting aside nearly $1.7 billion to help people recover from natural disasters like Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Do you remember Trump talking about how he might shut down the government if he didn't get funding for his border wall with Mexico? Well, that ended up not happening. Trump signed a package of spending bills into law, putting off the threat of a shutdown until at least December.
It's one more example of compromise, consensus building, the way Washington is supposed to work. After all, an election is coming up. Lawmakers are eager to show voters that they can get the job done.