U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, who is chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, says the tea party – which she sees as synonymous with the Republican Party – is the reason Congress can’t get anything done.
“The reason that we aren’t able to work together in Washington right now is purely because the tea party, who are unbelievably extreme are focused more on cultural issues, women’s health, repealing Obamacare for the 40th time and doing everything they can to block this president from being successful,” she said in a recent interview.
She rejected the notion that both parties share responsibility.
“There are times when I would say, yes there’s a little bit of both. There isn’t a little bit of both…. I know that I can’t have it my way or the highway attitude when it comes to governing. The tea partiers are willing to at all costs block President Obama at every turn, even at the expense of harming the economy, rather than come to the table, figure out what we can agree on and try to move forward together.”
Wasserman Schultz said there isn’t enough interaction between Democrats and Republicans.
When U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, a central Florida Republican, arrived in Washington, they started hosting bipartisan dinners. (They’re polar opposites politically, but they knew each other from years of service together in the Florida House and the Florida Senate.) The dinners started with five Democratic and five Republican guests. After that, every attendee invited a member of the opposite party.
“If you build some trust, then hopefully on bigger issues down the road we’ll be able to work together and find that common ground. We just don’t have enough Republicans and Democrats that are making an effort to do that,” she said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun