“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.”
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
When: February 25, 2008, 8 p.m.
Where:George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
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