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Letter: When gridlock in Congress began

An American flag flies over Capitol Hill in

An American flag flies over Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 6, 2016. Credit: AP

The memory-challenged portion of the electorate that blames Republicans for congressional gridlock should recall that for the first two years of the Obama administration, Democrats held majorities in both houses of Congress [“5 lessons of the 2016 elections,” Opinion, Nov. 13].

In that time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid excluded input from Republicans. Thus, the Affordable Care Act consisting of 3,700 pages was drafted by Democrats with little bipartisan discussion. Pelosi famously said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” I firmly believe that was the genesis of congressional gridlock.

Chuck Darling, South Setauket