Two Senators Finally Reach Bipartisan Agreement on the NEWSHOUR: Congress without Compromise Isn’t Working

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Ifill_Gwen-NewsHourIn a Newsmaker interview with Senior Correspondent Gwen Ifill  that aired on the PBS NEWSHOUR Wednesday,March 21, 2012,  Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)—who are both retiring at the end of their terms—said that there is little room for negotiation on the Senate floor these days.

 “And people say to me, well, why won't you work together for the common good of the country?” Snowe said, “Now, the whole issue, unfortunately, with compromise is that people, you know, view it with disdain, somehow that it's viewed as capitulation of your principles. And it's not.”

“ I think Olympia's right, that you don't get any credit, particularly with voters in your state, particularly in the primary process, for reaching out to the other party,”  said Bingaman.

Snow and Bingaman said that fostering an atmosphere of compromise in the legislature won’t be easy, but Snowe said that a more open legislative process would help.

“Well, we could — return to transparency and accountability would really, I think, build confidence in the integrity of the outcome of the legislative solution,” Snowe said. “But we don't have that anymore. It's a closed door.”

Gwen Ifill’s full interview with Snowe and Bingaman is available online on the PBS NEWSHOUR website:http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june12/senators_03-21.html

 

Watch Retiring Sens. Snowe, Bingaman: Political Center Is Fading on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

 

 

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