Civility and Bipartisanship
Try Oxford-Style Floor Debate Events
D.C. insiders know that very little real deliberation happens on the House floor. Visitors are always surprised to visit the chamber and see only one member with a giant poster or two speaking to cameras in a sea of empty seats. Statements pursuant to amendments (when amendments are actually permitted) or votes on legislation are a highly coordinated partisan production for maximum soundbites, not persuasion. Congress should give the people what they want: a real debate! To provide an opportunity for a civil, systematic consideration of our biggest challenges would be a chance for legislators and the public to learn something more than just a talking point - about policy and each other.