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Next American Congressional Exchange Visit in Honor of McCain

Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center’s new initiative to build better relationships and bipartisanship in Congress will honor Sen. John McCain’s leadership in reaching across the aisle to achieve results for the American people.

The 6th American Congressional Exchange trip, that begins Wednesday with Reps. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and Don Bacon (R-NE), will be dedicated to honoring the work of McCain who served three decades in the U.S. Congress and believed in the power of bipartisanship to achieve goals that put country ahead of politics. 

BPC’s ACE program exemplifies the philosophy of legislating that McCain promoted. Fittingly, this week’s ACE trip involves two members of Congress who also served in the military.  Bacon and Carbajal are both members of the House Armed Services Committee.

In the ACE program, participating members of Congress spend time with a member of the opposite party in that member’s home district. That visiting member, in turn, reciprocates in their own district later in the year. Members are paired by choosing districts that are geographically, culturally, and politically different.

During this week’s visit, Bacon will visit Carbajal’s district in California where they will visit a cybersecurity institute, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, among other sites.  As part of ACE, Carbajal visited Bacon’s district in Omaha in May.

For more information about the ACE program see