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Freshmen Reps. Kay Granger (R-TX)
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On Friday, March 6, 220 members of Congress and their families board a train to Hershey, PA to attend a "Civility Weekend." There they hope to work on more constructive ways to debate the issues of the day without the "poisonous partisanship" the President says has infected Washington. Our two freshmen this week, discuss the effects of partisanship on the House and the state of civility in public discourse.|
Representative Jim Gibbons of Nevada, a former attorney and airline pilot, has already staked out a name for himself by helping lead debate during consideration of a Term Limits Constitutional Amendment.
"If I may characterize, Mr. Chairman, the reasons that the question of term limits was put on the 1996 Nevada ballot was that the voters, and I feel across America as well as in Nevada, are deeply troubled by Congress and their continuing disregard for their desire for term limits," Gibbons said. "The voters are concerned that there is a conflict of interest whereby Congress has ignored the voice of the people and failed to pass term limits."
Congresswoman Julia Carson is the first African-American woman to represent Indiana. Since arriving in Congress, Carson has made education, job creation and health care the cornerstones of her work. Originally scheduled to attend the Civility Weekend, Carson decided to return to Indianapolis.
Is Congress too uncivil or is honest debate of today's issues being stifled by a call for cooperation? Should this be a concern? Does incivility impact the way our government functions? What are their priorities in the new Congress?