'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee' Shows Us What Can Happen When Political Parties Work Together

"People can come together to make a difference and to fix a very bad problem."

In the current political climate, the hope for effective bipartisanship in government seems to get farther and farther out of reach every day. But as Full Frontal With Samantha Bee showed us this week, it is possible for the parties to work together, and when they do, they can effect big change.

A year ago, Bee aired a segment about a backlog of hundreds of thousands of rape kits sitting untested across the country. Some of them were even destroyed, including many attached to unresolved cases and before the statute of limitations expired. The show focused part of its attention on the state of Georgia, where a bill to speed up testing passed unanimously in the House before it was killed by State Sen. Renee Unterman's committee before it could reach the Senate.

In a recent update on the issue titled "Government Worked!" Full Frontal allows Georgia Democratic Rep. Scott Holcomb to share the inspiring story of how the bill was finally passed. His narration is accompanied by a clever animation depicting the frequently complex and stressful process.


With the help of Republican Speaker of the House David Ralston and Democratic State Sen. Elena Parent, Rep. Holcomb developed a plan to get the bill passed.

"When I looked at Scott Holcomb, I didn't see Scott Holcomb, a Democrat," Ralston says in the segment. "I saw Scott Holcomb, a member of the House who had a good idea about something we needed to do in Georgia."

After a complicated back-and-forth that Rep. Holcomb describes as "School House Rock on steroids," the bill finally passed just days after Full Frontal's original segment aired — with even Sen. Unterman voting for it. There was a standing ovation in the House on both sides, which Speaker Ralston chose not to gavel down.

"It was an example of how people can come together to make a difference and to fix a very bad problem," Rep. Holcomb says at the segment's emotional conclusion. "We did it. We did it across party lines, and we did it in a relentless way where we never gave up, and I'm really proud of that."

Hear the full story of how the bill passed in the video below:

(H/T: The Wrap)


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