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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Waxman, Then and Now

Henry Waxman (D-CA) leaves Congress talking about the decline of bipartisan compromise.  But when he actually had the power, his attitude was a bit different.

“I always felt that you have to reach out to Republicans,” Mr. Waxman said. “When I was chairman of the health and environment subcommittee, I welcomed their comments. I wanted to hear what they had to say. Many times they would make criticisms or proposals that improved the legislation, and I welcomed that.”  -- Carl Hulse and Robert Pear, "Departing Lawmakers Bemoan the Decline of Compromise," New York Times, January 3, 2013

"If we have a united Democratic position, Republicans are irrelevant," says Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif. --  Janet Hook, "House GOP: Plight of a Permanent Minority, CQ Weekly, June 21, 1986, pp. 1393-96.