Current and Former Members of Congress to Gather for Conference on Bipartisanship

Jun 02, 2010, 15:00 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

Conference will examine solutions for achieving more bipartisanship and civility in our nation's political discourse

WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the U.S. National Archives announced today that they will host Breaking the Stalemate: Renewing a Bipartisan Dialogue, a conference to explore the causes and effects of partisan gridlock in Washington and outline tangible solutions for changing course.  Current and former Members of Congress, political experts, and journalists will participate in panel discussions throughout the one-day conference.  The conference will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will deliver the keynote address after welcome remarks by Dr. David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; former Congressman John J. Rhodes, III, President of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress; and Jason Grumet, BPC President.

The first panel, Institutional Perspectives: Partisanship and the Political Divide, will bring together former House and Senate leadership, including former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, former Speaker Tom Foley, former Minority Leader Bob Michel, and former Congressman Martin FrostJudy Woodruff of PBS will moderate the discussion.

The second panel, Sound Bite News: Political Discourse in the Age of Pundits, Cable and Twitter, will discuss the effects of the 24-hour news cycle and be moderated by former Congressman Fred Grandy.  The panel will include Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report and Political Analyst for the National Journal Group; ABC News' Jonathan Karl; CNN's Ali Velshi, and Stu Rothenberg, Editor and Publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report.

The final panel, Changing Course: Examples and Solutions for Breaking the Stalemate in Washington, will reunite former Members of Congress who served on the Bipartisan Congressional Planning Committee. This panel will include Transportation Secretary and former Congressman Ray LaHood, along with Congressmen David Skaggs, Amo Houghton, and Tom Sawyer.  The panel will be moderated by Jackie Calmes of The New York Times.


The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, the Bipartisan Policy Center and the U.S. National Archives


Breaking the Stalemate: Renewing a Bipartisan Dialogue


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

9:15AM – 9:45AM


9:45AM – 10:00AM

Welcoming Remarks

10:00AM – 10:30AM

Keynote Remarks by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Followed by questions from the audience

10:45AM – 12:15PM

Panel Discussion One

Institutional Perspective: Partisanship and the Political Divide

12:15PM – 2:15PM

Lunch Break

2:15PM – 3:45PM

Panel Discussion Two

Sound Bite News: Political Discourse in the Age of Pundits, Cable TV and Twitter

4:00PM – 5:30PM

Panel Discussion Three

Changing Course: Examples and Solutions for Breaking the Stalemate in Washington


The National Archives Building

William G. McGowan Theater

Washington, D.C.

Please use the special events entrance located at 7th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW

About the Bipartisan Policy Center:

In 2007, former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell formed the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) to develop and promote solutions that can attract the public support and political momentum to achieve real progress. Currently, the BPC focuses on issues including health care, energy, national and homeland security, transportation, science and economic policy. For more information, please visit our website:

About the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress:

The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) is a bipartisan group of almost 600 former Senators and Representatives.  The goal of FMC is to promote public service and strengthen democracy via domestic and international programs.  The organization was founded in 1970 and is chartered, but not funded, by the U.S. Congress.  FMC seeks to improve the public's understanding of the role of Congress as a unique institution as well as the crucial importance of representative democracy as a system of government.  Former Members of Congress participate pro bono in projects such as election monitoring abroad, outreach to high school and university students to teach about public service, and supporting severely wounded veterans upon their return from Iraq and Afghanistan.  For more detailed information, please visit the Association's website at

About the National Archives and Records Administration:

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives is a public trust upon which our democracy depends, ensuring access to essential evidence that protects the rights of American citizens, documents the actions of the government, and reveals the evolving national experience.

SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center