Sen. Chris Coons (L) and Sen. James Lankford (R) have collaborated on several areas, including asking the Trump administration for bi-monthly updates on family reunification efforts. Coons is a Democrat from Delaware and Lankford is a Republican from Oklahoma.

Sen. Chris Coons (L) and Sen. James Lankford (R) have collaborated on several areas, including asking the Trump administration for bi-monthly updates on family reunification efforts. Coons is a Democrat from Delaware and Lankford is a Republican from Oklahoma.

Senator Chris Coons of Delaware is a Democrat. Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma is a Republican. They’re friends.

Does this seem unusual, given our divided nation?

Here’s what Coons told Politico about the time he and Lankford tried to hash out some legislation about the Temporary Protected Status program.

“I keep saying to him: ‘I respect you, I think you’re a person of goodwill. I think you actually genuinely want to get this done,’” Coons said of Lankford. “And, ‘Are you kidding me? This list of demands is ridiculous.’”

Lankford and Coons also both led a bipartisan effort to receive twice-monthly updates on the Trump administration’s progress on reuniting families who were separated under the “zero-tolerance” policy.

We’re speaking to them both about why their friendship works, even in these polarizing times.

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