They are two of the most important, challenging and emotional issues facing the country: gun control and climate change.
They are suddenly the subject of intense debate on Capitol Hill and draw great media attention.
And yet, in classical congress style, nothing will be done in the next two years.
Instead, both Democrats and Republicans use the problems to score points against the other side. Perhaps a healthy debate arises as a by-product, but it is currently about political maneuvering.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whom you may have heard, has pushed a Green New Deal and her own democratic party is deeply divided. Nancy Pelosi brushed it off and clarified that it never comes to the ground floor, at least not in its present form.
On the other hand, 70 House Democrats, not to mention several of the party's presidential candidates, have jumped on the green train.
The Ocasio-Cortez Plan contains some debatable environmental reforms and has obvious appeal to the democratic voters who have moved to the left and to whom global warming is an existential threat.
But the debate has been muddied by some of the more, we must say far-reaching proposals, including a paper that her office may withdraw. This implies the idea that high speed trains should be improved (fine) to the point that air travel would no longer be necessary; improvement of public transit with the aim of replacing "each internal combustion engine" and "financial security for anyone who cannot or will not work."
Plus, the AOC would pay for the plan partly by raising the tax rate to 70 percent on income over $ 10 million.
But you know who loves this plan? Mitch McConnell. In fact, the Senate loves the majority leader so much he has promised to bring it to a floor voice.
The only purpose would be to scare the Democrats, especially more moderate Democrats, by forcing them to pronounce by roll call and opening them to attack ads.
"We give everyone the opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal," McConnell said. It does not make the majority leader's motivation that he is from a coal state.
Meanwhile, the Home Rule Committee has adopted a bill to require background checks for all arms sales and most gun transfers as well as the closure of a loophole to purchase a gun if the background check takes more than three days.
This is important because the Democrats have not passed a gun control measure since the Clinton administration. But it also has no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by Trump.
It is no coincidence that Nancy Pelosi shone this green on one year's anniversary of the terrible mass shooter in high school in Parkland, Fla., Who would already draw lots of media coverage. And Pelosi knows that gun control is a strong problem, especially among Democrats.
But, given the impossibility of the final passage, the home speaker tries to show her party's base, they care about regulating weapons and putting Republicans on the plate that opposes the measures – not unlike the McConnell movement.
I have no doubt about the sincerity of those involved. But some voices, unlike true legislative compromise, are much of what Washington is doing these days.