Following the midterm elections, I wrote an optimistic blog titled No More Excuses for Partisan Politics in which I discussed the high expectations we have for Congress to produce results. I also said that the first two months would be very telling, and they certainly have been.

In his first six years in the Oval Office, President Obama vetoed only two bills—neither of which was considered controversial. Then, on Feb. 24, 2015, less than two months after the 114th Congress convened, the president vetoed the high-profile Keystone XL pipeline.

Meanwhile, partisan politics has continued as Democrats have gone old school using filibuster tactics to block funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Regardless of how you might feel about either of these issues, they are examples of how the president plans to deal with Congress on issues he doesn’t support. I’m not advocating any particular side, but I am concerned that we are facing a very long (and unproductive) 22 months in the federal government.

The View from Here is that it’s irresponsible to hold the country and its security up for ransom. And with all of this politicking, it’s not difficult to imagine how executive branch departments, like the DOE and EPA, will struggle to maintain their heading and make positive moves forward. Will we make any progress as a country? What about as an industry?

That remains to be seen. But, in spite of everything, I remain hopeful. I’d like to think the rocky beginning isn’t a sign of what we can expect longer term.

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