Posted by: Brian | February 25, 2008

Tonight – Congress Debates

(this just in via the DLC emails)
D’s and R’s Square Off on the Economy in DLC-Sponsored Forum
The DLC, in conjuction with the Congressional Institute and George Washington University, launch “Congress Debates,” the first in a series of forums between bipartisan groups of members of Congress, tonight on the campus of George Washington University. More details about the event (which can be seen live online — click for instructions) and press clips follow these remarks by DLC Founder and CEO Al From:

Congress_Debates_details“Spirited political debate always has been — and always should be — essential to the conduct of our nation’s business. But the big ideas that have changed America — from the G.I. Bill to the Voting Rights Act, from Medicare to welfare reform — earned support from both parties and were the products of negotiation and compromise.

“It is a sad truth that too frequently Washington focuses on the war of sound bites rather than engaging in constructive debate to build real-world solutions. We hope that today’s debate and those that follow will change that.

“Representatives Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and Adam Putnam (R- Fla.) deserve credit for trying to move past the hyper-partisan atmosphere on Capitol Hill. At the DLC, we are delighted to work with the Congressional Institute and the leadership of both the Democratic Caucus and the Republican Conference to foster the kind of frank, substantive discussion that is so often missing in today’s Washington — the kind of debate that is necessary to forge solutions to America’s biggest challenges.”

Details below the fold:

Event Details:
Who: The Democratic Leadership Council, the Congressional Institute, George Washington University, the House Democratic Caucus, and House Republican Conference
Participants:Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), House Democratic Caucus Chair, with Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ), Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), and Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY). Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL), House Republican Conference Chair, with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).
The forum will be moderated by Ronald Brownstein, Los Angeles Times

What: Congress Debates: How Can America Foster Economic Growth and Opportunity?>

When: February 25, 2008, 8 p.m.

Where:George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Press Coverage:

Congressional Debate Club
By Carl Hulse, New York Times

Oh Boy, More Debates
By Ben Pershing, Washington Post

That’s the Way You Debate
By Jim Tankersley, Baltimore Sun


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