Post-State of the Union speech: a new Washington...or same old swamp?
WASHINGTON (SBG) - Are you looking at a different Washington? A new possible level of cooperation in Congress, an openness to cross the aisle?
In President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, he said Americans are “hoping we will govern not as two parties, but as one nations.”
We talked with two dozen lawmakers, post speech, from both parties including rookies and veterans.
“I’m part of this new class that came in, frustrated by the stonewalling in Washington D.C and we’re in here as the change makers,” expressed a hopeful, freshman lawmaker, Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Washington.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said “I think they have a different opinion. That doesn’t mean they’re going to love him tomorrow but I think they walk away with a better impression of him than when they walked into that chamber.”
Though could any progress be erased with just one jabbing tweet?
“I think we need to in a sense ignore the president’s bluster, ignore his words, ignore the sometimes, outrageous things,” said Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich, “and just go with what he’s willing to do.”
In that case, several members from both parties believe they can find common ground. On issues that they each desperately want action.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said “I think we can build that bridge, literally, over the infrastructure package.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, cited examples with a caveat. “He mentioned pediatric cancer and HIV/AIDS.” Asked if she can get on board with those issues: “Absolutely, but again, there has to be leadership.”
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said many in his party look at it like this: while “optimism is low, hope is high.”