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Published: Monday, Aug. 4 2014 2:30 p.m. MDT

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Ralph
Salt Lake City, UT

Lawmakers trying to work together and understand each other. Not a story you hear very often anymore.

I hope other Congressmen take a clue from these two.

This is sort of the way it's supposed to work.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

We need more of this.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Good on both the Congressmen. It really helps to understand different regions when you have power over their fates.

However, I am afraid that Congressman Cummings is a bit set in his ways and wedded to Democrat dogma and partisanship,so it will be a pleasant surprise if his votes or rhetoric are any more bipartisan or rational than in the past. Still, it won't hurt.

Of course, Cummings could surprise us all, and resign from Congress and move to Utah to enjoy the great people and beautiful scenery. However, I doubt if Jason Chaffetz is thinking of moving to Baltimore. At least, I hope not, I am proud to have him representing me in Congress.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

I am guessing the people Chaffetz chose to meet with Rep. Cummings were not fairly representative of the diversity of interests in the area. I hope Cummings realizes that he was getting a viewpoint heavily weighted toward the extraction industry interests, and that there are plenty of intelligent, well-meaning people across the spectrum, whose viewpoints are also valuable.

LivinLarge
Bountiful, UT

Although I am no fan of Congressman Cummings, it is classy that he made the trip out here.

Mc
West Jordan, UT

"It is very difficult to make decisions when you do not have sufficient information."

Congressional Democrats didn't mind making the decision to pass The Affordable Care Act without having sufficient information. They didn't even read it, let alone study the possible repercussions or unintended consequences. It's not surprising that a bunch of Democratic Congressmen would push a new plan to tie up Utah land without even coming to the state to see the land they are talking about. I appreciate this Democrat's willingness to become informed. It's very refreshing.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

My opinion of Rep. Cumminngs (from watching his outbursts in Congressional Hearings) softened as I read this article, and I think that his did as well. Good job, Jason Chafettz! Each side was listening to the other and actually understanding the situation involved. We will see if anything comes of it now!

USA
Salt Lake City, UT

Please continue these efforts.

Mr Dale
Bolivar, MO

I wish Rep Cummings had the opportunity to listen to someone from SUWA to offer a balance to the "drill baby drill" crowd, but good for Rep's Cummings and Chaffetz for actually getting into each others districts.

BU52
Provo, ut

I don't hold out much hope anything will change. Its good to be able to compromise when both sides have the same goal such as getting the economy going. But when the two sides are diametrically opposed on issues and compromise is always going to be a win/lose deal. And when Republicans "reach across the isle" they usually end up on the lose side of things.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

I think Rep. Cummings got the better end of this deal. I'm afraid Jason Chaffetz will find that Maryland looks and feels a lot like DC...

But I commend both of these guys for being willing to look at the other side's perspective.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

Why is congressman chaffetz taking congressman cummings to moab and rural areas? The majority of Utah residents live between provo and ogden but wild horses and land issues around moab consume the focus of our republican congressmen.

This is why Salt Lake County should of never been divided up into four sections. Our issues are so different from rural areas that we can not even get proper representation to address our needs.

call_me_ishmael
ROY, UT

This is a BIG deal. I have never been a big support of Rep. Chaffetz - until now. This is how stuff should be done. Rep.Cummings' political philosophy is based on his life experiences, as is Rep. Chaffetz's. As they begin to see this and understand it, progress can be made. This is a big step in resolving the great polarization in Washington. Good job Congressmen!!

shabam
Ogden, UT

Not so sure this isn't just a false gesture out of helping oneself, possibly posturing.
too bad the rest of the GOP Big Corp Sponsored Govt cannot find Common Ground or a Reason to work with the Non GOP Govt to govern by and for the People, so they can grow the economy, create jobs, Cut spending on making everyone pay taxes for the wealthy who do not share any of the revenue with the working class for the past 50 years.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"However, I am afraid that Congressman Cummings is a bit set in his ways and wedded to Democrat dogma and partisanship"

Good thing that Chaffetz isn't partisan or "set in his ways"

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

DN Subscriber,

I am sure you would want to be fair and balanced in your comments you I have helped you out a little here.

However, I am afraid that Congressman Chaffetz is a bit set in his ways and wedded to Republican dogma and partisanship,so it will be a pleasant surprise if his votes or rhetoric are any more bipartisan or rational than in the past. Still, it won't hurt.

Of course, Chaffetz could surprise us all, and resign from Congress and move to Maryland to enjoy the great people and beautiful scenery. However, I doubt if Cummings is thinking of moving to Utah. At least, I hope not, I am sure those he represents are proud to have him representing them in Congress.

Since you only have 200 words this is probably what you had to leave out.

SharpHooks
Lake Sammamish, WA

I see they went to DI. Did they also visit a temple?

Esquire
Springville, UT

Rep. Cummings is a good man, honest and fair. Any comments he makes are to represent a side of the story other than that of Rep. Issa, who even on conceding he is wrong, continues to pursue political investigations with no other intention than destroying the President. As for our guy, Chaffetz has been a hyper-partisan on a hyper-partisan committee. Chaffetz has a choice to make now. He can keep being an attention seeking bomb thrower, or he can rise to the level of statesmanship and a respected bipartisan leader who can get things done. His legacy is at stake.

By the way, some of the comments hear clearly show that some do not know Maryland. Wow.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

re: Shaun

"This is why Salt Lake County should of never been divided up into four sections."

Agreed. I'll go so far as to say the needs of SLC differ from Ogden which differ from Provo. It would have been nice to have 4 districts of equal population but w/ SLC, Ogden, St G, & Provo separated from each other.

re: JoeBlow

Agreed. Because, J C is the pinnacle of rational and never been known to drink the coolaid?

K.Call
Moab, UT

Nice job, Jason Chaffetz. Can we invite more of the East to visit the West?

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