Congressional 'exchange visits' can lift, enlighten

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  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    "please name ONE piece of LEGISLISLATION Obama wanted that the GOP has blocked! "

    Every single jobs bill he's discussed during the state of the union speeches since the GOP took the House. Pretty much every thing he's ever said "Pass this bill" about.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 2:10 p.m.

    "Can you name ONE thing the GOP has stopped Obama from doing?"


    The GOP has blocked 79 judicial appointees during Obama's administration. For reference, the sum total of blocked judicial appointees for all presidents prior to Obama is 68.

    One president's administration has had more appointees blocked by the GOP than all previous presidential administrations combined! Does that count as 'ONE thing the GOP has stopped Obama from doing' or does it count as 79?

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    Even if done out of publicity, I approve. Jason opposes many of the attempts to preserve more of Utah lands. When these out-of-state politicians see the scenic, spectacular, pristine, otherworldly landscapes in Utah, they will be even more supportive of expanding protection of these lands.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:55 p.m.

    Has anyone put a calculator to the cost of this little get together? I mean, it is just not to congressman getting in a boat for a get to know each other's world picnic. It is staffers and security and maybe the wife and family dog. So what would that be in terms of cash? Are we talking a hundred thousand or less?

    I could use a day out in a boat with staffers to improve my touchy feely side.

  • Sweet Ginger Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:25 p.m.

    I love the concept of this editorial but having met with Chaffetz and his staff several times I have to agree with Rufus.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    And Mr Cummings hasn't done those same things? I think both are trying to get through the walls put up by the hyper-partisan hyperbole, and stop with the political theater found in the chambers of Congress. Let's give both of them some credit for at least doing these exchanges and hopefully more in the future to work toward the common good.

    From the article, it says that the local county commissioners were invited to share.....the local elected officials whose job it is. I am guessing that you don't live down there and you aren't an elected official so you weren't in on those conversations. So, write your Congressman to complain. It's your right to complain, but there is no guarantee that your view will prevail.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    @mountainman. You just said to rufus that the president can not introduce legislation and then you state he doubled the national debt. How can some one who does not control the purse strings double the debt?

    Also food stamps and welfare type programs are suppose to be at their highest usage during recessions. That is how the programs are suppose to work. Their usage will go down as the economy improves.

    The GOP has blocked a minimum wage increase, The Paycheck Fairness Act, the buffet rule,The Small Business Jobs Act, Political Ad disclosure bill and a ton more. I am not claiming all these bills were good but to say that the president has not been stonewalled by the GOP is ludicrous.

  • James E Tooele, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    I guess we could have an economy based on barristas and barflys, or we could actually make stuff. These are family-wage jobs here, not the servers and sales clerks the Dems apparently think we should all be. If we can't dig in the dirt in the middle of a desert no one wants to live in, where can we? And if these Imperial Senators can't be bothered to see the effects of their meddling, I guess we know for sure they only care about people living with 50 miles of a coastline. Utah is NOT a giant amusement park meant solely for Libs to vacation in and leave. It's our home and we will care for it, we will be good stewards, but we will also utilize our own natural resources for the betterment of our people.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 6, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    No Rufus you have it wrong. The president does not introduce bills to either the Senate or the House. He may suggest legislation but he does not introduce (as you said) any legislation, period. So, I ask again, please name ONE piece of LEGISLISLATION Obama wanted that the GOP has blocked! Obamacare with all its illegal changes, higher taxes, the "stimulus", the bailouts destruction of the DOMA, NSA, doubled the number of food stamp recipients and doubled down on he national debt, all his appointment nominees, all without any blockage from the GOP. Harry Reid, now there is a real blocker including immigration reform from the House!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    The "GOP" are not the only people who are more extreme than they were back when Orin Hatch and Tedd Kennedy could work together on Healthcare Legislation. BOTH sides have become more extreme since then. I hope you can still see that. Some people are too far gone to see any faults on THEIR side of the isle.... I hope you're not one of them.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    @ 2 bits, and Hatch was absolutely correct to form a friendship with Kennedy. The results were really good, but that was back when the GOP wasn't so extreme.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:50 p.m.

    @ Irony guy
    The majority of Utahns are encouraged to write and reach out to Congressman Cummings and let them know they do not support the minority of voices he heard on his recent trip to Utah. Congressman Chaffetz knows who butters his bread and we the people were not invited to talk with his visitor, only those few with their hands in the cookie jar were.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    Hatch tried this with Tedd Kennedy way back when... and almost lost his job for it!

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    St.George, UT
    Anyone else anxiously awaiting next week to see what Jason Chaffetz will do to get media attention?

    10:01 a.m. Aug. 6, 2014


    Any bets for "Dancing With the Stars"?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    I like these kinds of visits and exchanges. But they won't do any good if Chaffetz continues to be outrageous, incendiary, and hyper-partisan. Let's see what happens from here. Folks, comity, moderation and compromise is the way to go. It's the only way to get things done. The GOP has forgotten this point.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    Chaffetz collected only the red-meat rightwing Utah voices for Cummings to listen to. Where were the voices in favor of environmental protection? Where were the voices who don't want Utah's beautiful public lands privatized and pillaged? I fear Cummings will go away misled that we Utahns are monolithic in our views. We are NOT.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    Rufus T. Firefly, "... they treat him like a leper. I wonder why?"

    The answer to that question comes in a statement made by Alabama Conngressman Mo Brooks statement complaining about an editorial in the Wall Street Journal that called the immigration hardliners the "GOP Deportation Caucus." Congressman Brooks said in a radio interview:

    “This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012..."

    It has come to that with the Republicans. They're now claiming to be victims of war.

  • riverofsun St.George, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    Anyone else anxiously awaiting next week to see what Jason Chaffetz will do to get media attention?

    Aug. 6, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    Yes, I'm sure this exchange resulted in an epiphany for Congressman Chaffetz. He is now much more empathetic to the plight of the urban poor he visited in Baltimore now. Right.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    @ Rufus. Can you name ONE thing the GOP has stopped Obama from doing? Just name one thing, please!

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Aug. 6, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    Congressional 'exchange visits' can lift, enlighten


    Of course is can.
    It's called - Sharing, Understanding, and it always leads to COMPROMISING.

    Speaking of which,
    Thanks Jason Chaffetz...

    I hope this little field-trip,
    I hope that Rep. Elijah Cummings will be on board with other Senators and President Obama to expand the protection of the areas he just visited.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Aug. 6, 2014 5:28 a.m.

    Kudos to both Congressmen for setting the right standard for others to follow. Anything that will douse the flames of partisanship and get our Congress back in the business of serving the people that elected them is a good thing. In the best sense, no one will get everything they want but also in that same best sense, the country, as a whole will benefit. Give and take is the key and walking a mile in another man's shoes is the best way to understand where he is coming from. From their words, both men learned that lesson well. Now is the time to see if their actions match their words. Let's hope for the best.