Breaking the Stalemate: Renewing a Bipartisan Dialogue


Wednesday, June 16, 2010


9:15 AM to 5:30 PM


The National Archives Building, William G. McGowan Theatre

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Breaking the Stalemate: Renewing a Bipartisan Dialogue was a one-day policy conference hosted by The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the U.S. National Archives. Featuring thought-provoking panel discussions with current and former Members of Congress, political experts and journalists, the conference explored the causes of partisan gridlock, raised questions for public debate, and suggested tangible solutions for achieving more bipartisanship and civility in our nation's political discourse.



9:15AM - 9:45AM:


9:45AM – 10:00AM:

Welcoming Remarks

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

The Honorable John J. Rhodes, III, President, FMC

Jason Grumet, President, BPC

10:00AM – 10:30AM

Keynote Remarks by

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Followed by questions from the audience

10:30AM – 10:45AM:

Break 10:45AM – 12:15PM:

Panel Discussion One

Institutional Perspective: Partisanship and the Political Divide

Senator Trent Lott Speaker

Tom Foley Congressman

Martin Frost Congressman

Bob Michel

Moderated by

Judy Woodruff, PBS

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

Jonathan Karl, ABC News

Jill Lawrence, Politics Daily

Charlie Cook, Cook Political Report

Stu Rothenberg, The Rothenberg Political Report 

Moderated by: Former Congressman

Fred Grandy

3:45PM – 4:00PM:


4:00PM – 5:30PM:

Panel Discussion Three

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

Secretary Ray LaHood

Congressman Tom Sawyer

Congressman David Skaggs

Congressman Amo Houghton

Moderated by:

Former Congressman Dennis Hertel