Rep. Kelly Participates in Bipartisan Effort to Find Common Ground in Congress
WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) participated in a bipartisan breakfast panel discussion on Thursday, October 24, 2013, hosted by the Ripon Society and the Franklin Center which also featured Reps. John Delaney (D-MD), Andy Barr (R-KY), and Jim Renacci (R-OH). The event showcased the efforts of the bipartisan working group of House Members who have been meeting on a regular basis to foster greater compromise and cooperation in areas of public policy where members of both parties find agreement.
Excerpts from Rep. Kelly’s remarks:
“First of all, There’s nobody who looks at what we’re doing [in Washington] and says, ‘This makes sense. I can run my business this way.' Yes, you could — but only for a very short period of time.”
“I cannot run my business without negotiating and without compromising and without having a common goal. And I think sometimes it’s so polarized right now. I think that we’re not really Democrats versus Republicans, or vice versa. We’re two parties doing the best thing for this country.”
“I played on sports teams all my life, and I would say that there is no team where the offense criticizes the defense, or they forget that right across the field is the team you’ve got to beat. So if we’re together as a group, as legislators, trying to do the best thing for America, that’s easy.”
“Who has more assets than we do? There’s nobody in the world who comes close to who we are. The only thing that’s missing is our ability to work together to get it done.”
“I don’t know why these folks [Democrats and Republicans in Congress] don’t like each other. Quite frankly, I don’t even care. But we can get a lot done. I think that [the] WRRDA bill yesterday proved, when you have a committee working together the way that [Chairman] Bill Shuster worked that… go to that vote and look at those vote totals and you tell me that we’re divided and that we can’t get anything done. That is an incredible piece of legislation that really, I think, sets the tone for the next months as we work forward. Because if they can do that, why can’t the other committees do that? Why can’t we do the same thing with other pieces of legislation, and why can’t we have a win for America?”