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Quote of the Day: 'Bipartisan Kumbaya'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 23 2011

Today, Issa and Cummings repeatedly exchanged thank yous and expressed support for one another’s proposals. Democratic amendments were offered and approved, or commitments from the Chairman to work together on the proposals before House consideration were made and accepted. It was bipartisan kumbaya. This is a welcome relief to the public rancor between the leaders that has sometimes spilled over to spoil opportunities for some of their earnest and talented staff to work together towards common goals. I hope it is a sign of things to come.

 

— Project on Government Oversight's Angela Canterbury, describing the scene at today's markup of the DATA Act — a bill that would radically alter the way the federal government tracks and reports on spending the people's money — by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is the committee's chairman; Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is its ranking member.