US Government

How to Repair a Partisan Congress

February 14, 2018  • Zach St. Louis

This episode of Aspen Insight explores some of the biggest issues dividing the country and hurting its communities along with what can be done to repair the damage.

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In today’s Congress, representatives find almost no room for agreement with members of the opposing party. An inability to pass new legislation is now a common fixture of American government — but it wasn’t always this way. Aspen Institute Vice Presidents Dan Glickman and Mickey Edwards know this first hand. They served together in Congress from the late 1970s through the early 1990s: Dan as a Democrat representing Kansas and Mickey as a Republican from Oklahoma. They discuss with Politico’s Anna Palmer how they were able to work across the aisle then, and what Congress can do now to combat intense partisanship.

Then, in Indian country, young people are stepping up to build healthier communities. Half of all Native American children born today will develop diabetes, and most communities that are home to indigenous people are more likely to be food deserts than towns and cities elsewhere. But Native youth leaders from Alaska to Montana are working to end the nutrition crisis that has its roots in federal policy and the removal of tribes from their homeland.

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