Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Maryland Democrat build political bridge in Utah

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  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    In this very divided country, two polar opposites like Cummings and Chaffetz at least being civil to each other is a good symbolic hope of possible things to come. Remember though, it is the President of the U.S. that has ultimate responsibility to bring the country together. After all, he is the ONLY office for which every American votes. All other offices are state and local, and the Senator or House member has to represent his/her state. The President is supposed to set the national tone. Something Obama was not aware of, or prepared to do. And another reason why he was too inexperienced and not ready for prime time when elected President. Too bad after almost 6 years, he still has not learned. So, I don't expect to see any major change to the U.S. until after the 2016 Presidential election. When the dust settles on that and we see what the country has voted in for Congress and President, then we will see if real change is in the air.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    He's still a democrat and still envelopes the complete Obama liberal agenda...but it is encouraging to see them at least talking...but, talk is cheap. He should agree with Chaffetz to allow more state control of now federally held lands. Now, that would be even more encouraging.

    Photo ops do not do get the job done.

  • petersenjc Springville, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    Good job Jason!

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 6:55 p.m.

    Jason Chaffetz is setting a splendid example inviting Elijah Cummings to his district is what leadership is all about. Reaching across the aisle is something that has been sorely missed.
    This is actually a refreshing respite from the constant harranging and partisan mudslinging.

    Aug. 5, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    Re: Anchovey, it a two way street! "the president's snarky and head bruising comments to/about those he wants to have help him," It probably slipped your mind to mention the "snarky" comments coming from those he is asking to help; starting way back in 2008 when your illustreous leader of the Senate said "it it is our goal to see that Obama never see's re-election!" and the civility has continued to go downhill from there! Something like the pot calling the kettle black!

  • Anchovey Provo, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    Now, if only President Obama used the same technique(s) to engage himself with Congress. Instead of the president's snarky and head bruising comments to/about those he wants to have help him, perhaps President Obama could actually be a bit more kind and diplomatic and take a walk to Capitol Hill...after those folks return from vacation...and meeting with their constituents.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    This is fabulous. We need more of this and less of the "if you disagree with me, you are my enemy" attitude. Sometimes all it takes is learning more about why someone thinks differently than you do to see that maybe they have a point. Or at least it helps you think of how you can come up with a win/win solution to a problem.

  • shabam Ogden, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    Far Too Much Conservative for Corporatism going here, people do not want Governing by and for the Conservative Corporate Sponsored Government.
    They want Governing by and for the People.
    Jason Chaffetz, has done nothing to help create jobs, grow the economy, cut tax cost spending for the working class, all he has done has bad mouth the Dems and Pres, for no good cause shown.
    He is just a Partisan Corporate Sponsored Elected Servant keeping Govt gridlock and blaming everyone but taking personal responsibility for his own role in governing.
    Red State Small Govt is by far the biggest GOVT in the US, and the Highest Taxation in comparison to the Fed Govt. Don't let them kid you for a minute.
    They are delegating who can vote and who cannot, and re drawing districts to strong arm the democratic process in their favor.
    They have kept Health Care out of the Hands of those who want to have their own freedom of choice to choose for themselves in Utah.
    The Governing here is selective about who it helps, and who it does not. The Key to Prosperity is for all people

    Aug. 5, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    Until now I have had little positive to say about Rep Chaffetz in fact I can be counted as one of his greatest critics! But I must give him credit for his recent efforts in trying to work and come togeather on issues. Its a nice beginning, we need more of it from both sides of the isle! Thank you Rep. Chaffetz!

  • Texas Ken Killeen, TX
    Aug. 5, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Maybe there is a lesson in this for all of us. We should restrain our tendencies to judge others who seem so very different from us, until we've walked in their footsteps. Since I left Utah several years ago, I have worked with a diversity of people from different religious faiths, different regions of the country, and different background from my own. I have been privileged to travel to many parts of the country and experience something of how other people live. I have come to better understand we are all children of the same God, and he loves us all equally.

  • bullet56 Olympia, WA
    Aug. 5, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    "One of the things I want to help drive home is this issue about certainty," he said. "The people here love this land, they care about it. They are not just here to use it and move on. … They live in this world of uncertainty and with the federal government you don't know if you are coming or going. That is what I think is so unsettling. If somehow we can get to a place where they have certainty in their lives, we will have accomplished a lot."

    This statement is designed to win the hearts of the local voters. Let me remind the Representative of Utah that the federal lands in his state, belong to me. They belong to the other 330 million of us. It is rather short sighted and locally selfish to change the look and character of a land so profound by allowing oil and gas production and the scars it puts forever on the scene. Utah resents that the people of the United States has ownership, domain, and use of those lands, and it should stay that way.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    Not bad.

    Better still, though, why don't they all just read the Constitution they all swear to uphold - and uphold it. This will also help them have more time with their families and time to hold down regular and productive jobs - after they get all the corrections done to all the unconstitutional laws passed over so many years.

    For example it takes more than an Act of Congress to create a new presidential power (such as was apparently done in the 1906 Antiquities Act referenced).

  • K.Call Moab, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:43 a.m.

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

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    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?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    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.

  • SharpHooks Lake Sammamish, WA
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:32 a.m.

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

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    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.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 5, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    "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"

  • shabam Ogden, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 5:54 a.m.

    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.

  • call_me_ishmael ROY, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 5:26 a.m.

    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!!

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 11:21 p.m.

    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.

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    Aug. 4, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    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.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Aug. 4, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    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.

  • Mr Dale Bolivar, MO
    Aug. 4, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    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.

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 5:06 p.m.

    Please continue these efforts.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 4:56 p.m.

    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!

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    "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.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 4:32 p.m.

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

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 4:12 p.m.

    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.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    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.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    We need more of this.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    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.