Skip to comments.Q&A: Debbie Stabenow On Divisive Politics Detroit Plans (Tea Party mentioned;)
Posted on 05/13/2014 8:36:10 PM PDT by mdittmarEdited on 05/13/2014 8:50:52 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
DETROIT (AP) Passing legislation in Congress is notoriously difficult today, but its a whole lot more fun than spinning your wheels, according to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
The Michigan Democrat recently shepherded the sweeping agriculture spending bill through Congress and is helping to craft the partys playbook for the November midterm elections. She spoke with The Associated Press on Friday about getting things done in what she called horribly difficult, contentious, divisive times.
Here are some highlights:
AP: What did you do differently to pass the farm bill in the second round of negotiations?
Stabenow: It was a lot of listening to what peoples interests were, trying to find common ground Too much of the time right now in politics, people are trying to put the other side in a corner, make sure that you lose.
When the Tea Party killed it in 2012, rather than going back and trying to write this in a way they would like, we decided to keep a good bill and just work harder to get support. A lot of what happens today is people change things so that what theyre trying to do gets weaker and weaker.
It may be worse for the dems than I thought,looking forward to November.
Never underestimate the gullibility of the majority of the American people.
You own the division, beyotch Wear it
This is pure statist, leftist policies.