WASHINGTON (1/24/08)—Nothing can bring out partisan politics quite like a presidential election year, says Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Dan Mica, but 2008 is just the time to put divisiveness aside so Congress can successfully take up the challenges it faces. Mica, in his most recent appearance as guest columnist in The Hill, said CUNA and other groups that traditionally work in a bipartisan fashion have an advantage—and this year particularly. “Any legislative or lobbying effort that falls along party lines is likely dead from the start. There simply is not the time to hash out differences,” Mica said, pointing to the greatly abbreviated time Congress will be in session this year because of elections. Noting that there will be a scant 100 days to conduct real legislative business, Mica says what also will die out fast will be bills addressing divisive issues. It is almost certain, for example, that any effort designed to tackle immigration will not survive this session. Controversial presidential nominations and judicial appointments will come to a standstill. The CUNA leader says he remains an optimist about what can be accomplished this year, particularly as members of Congress conclude early that they need to find common ground to move quickly on certain issues. However, Mica adds, “Bottom line, 2008 is a challenge, and it may be difficult for anyone to call this a landmark year in Congress.” Mica appears regularly in the Capitol Hill publication The Hill’s as a guest columnist for its K Street Insiders feature. "K Street" refers to an area in Washington, D.C. known as a base for influential lobbyists, think tanks and advocacy groups stationed in the nation's capital. Use the resource link below to read more Mica comments.