Governing a Divided Country--By Leaving Washington

Mar 12, 2022

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

Bipartisan relationships of trust are key to collaboration and a functioning legislative process. Yet, opportunities for building these bonds have all but evaporated in Washington. Many lawmakers are actually good people responding to bad incentives in a highly polarized environment. We must create authentic opportunities for them to connect despite the rawness and divisions. The American Congressional Exchange program is essential to restoring consensus-based problem solving as it gets members of Congress from opposite parties outside the beltway and into each other's districts to literally see where each other is coming from. Join Sara Jacobs (D-CA) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) as they discuss why it is important to be open to have bipartisan conversations and relationships.

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Jason Grumet

Bipartisan Policy Center

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Sara Jacobs

US House of Representatives

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Peter Meijer

US House of Representatives

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