Entries in Compromise (3)


Rep. Dingell: 'Refusal to Compromise' One of Biggest Changes in 57 Years

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Speaking this morning on This Week, Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan — who is poised to become the longest serving member of Congress on June 7 — bemoaned Washington partisanship, saying a “refusal to compromise” is one of the biggest changes he has seen over his more than 57-year career in Congress when asked about the issue by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

“Lack of collegiality. Refusal to compromise. An absolute reluctance to work together. And I think a total loss of the understanding of the traditions,” Dingell said.

“Today, members are so busy getting re-elected, spend so little time there, there’s so much pressure on them from outside to be partisan and to fight, not to do the things that we’re supposed to, such as compromising and working together,” Dingell said. “And compromise has gotten, George, to be a dirty word. And this is a great shame. The founding fathers intended something quite different.”

Dingell, who has cast over 25,000 votes over the course of his career in Congress, said his most important vote was for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was a vote that almost cost him his job, he said.

“The one of which …I’m most proud and which I think was the most important was the vote I cast on the ’64 civil rights bill that allowed citizens to vote. You remember the country was being torn apart by the denial to our people the right to vote and happily that began a process that cured it so that a black American citizen is now sitting in the White House,” Dingell said.

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Tax Cuts: Why Compromise Could Help Obama

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio (PHILADELPHIA) -- What's the difference between "caving" and "compromise"? It could mean the difference between President Obama becoming a one-term president and winning re-election in 2012.

For liberal Democrats, the White House decision to extend tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans is, in the words of Michigan Rep. John Conyers, "a fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party and the nation."

But for many voters, including Democrats, compromise is exactly what they've been asking Washington to do for the past few years. If there was any mandate that came from the 2010 election, it was this: Stop fighting and start working.

At a focus group conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania Monday night, 12 voters got a chance to weigh in on the fight in Washington. Their message to Washington: Stop trying to "score points" and focus instead on fixing the economy.

The group was composed of 10 voters from the Philadelphia suburbs and two from Delaware who'd voted for Republican Christine O'Donnell for Senate. Although the majority of voters identified themselves as independent or Republican, eight of the 12 had voted for Obama in 2008.

It's dangerous to read too much into the opinions of one small group of voters. But it does give some perspective on just how the fight in Washington resonates -- or not -- with voters outside the Beltway.

These are the voters Obama needs to win if he wants a second term. One quick reminder to the House Democrats: These are the voters that you need to win, too, if you want any shot at regaining control of the House. Almost all the voters in this focus group live in the bellwether 7th and 8th Congressional Districts of Pennsylvania. Both districts flipped from Democratic to Republican control in 2006, and flipped back to Republicans this fall.

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Obama, Republican Leaders Seek Tax Cut Compromise

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Crucial behind-the-scenes talks are set to begin between the Obama administration and Republican leaders, both sides attempting to reach a deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts – or at least some of them – before the cuts expire at the end of the year.

The president admits it is now about compromise. He may give in – some democrats say "cave-in" – to Republican demands to continue tax cuts for the wealthy, that after the Senate failed to pass an extension for just the middle class.

“I am very disappointed that the Senate did not pass legislation that had already passed the House of Representatives to make middle-class tax cuts permanent," President Obama said Saturday.

The outlines of a possible deal include the president breaking a campaign promise and allowing all the tax cuts – even to the rich – to be extended for at least a couple of years. The Republicans could then agree to extend unemployment benefits, pass some tax credits that the president wants, and possibly agree to a ratification vote on the START nuclear treaty with Russia.

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