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Steering lawmakers toward consensus, not conflict

Turn on the news, open a newspaper or scroll through social media and you are likely to encounter some form of outrage involving Congress. Polarization in Congress feels like it’s at an all-time high, because it is.

But beneath all the bickering that generates viewers and clicks, there is a strong desire by most representatives to find consensus and produce results. Most members of Congress want to get things done for the American people.

Unfortunately, collaboration is not as exciting as conflict. And for members looking for talk-show invitations and fundraising opportunities, it does not gen...

 

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