Congressman calls for bi-partisanship
Published 5:56 pm, Wednesday, July 20, 2011
There's one thing U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5, and New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy said they always agree on -- "to work together" for the betterment of the town.
Congressman Murphy visited New Milford recently, taking a trip down Bank Street to speak to merchants and make a stop at MedInstill to see the company's new innovations.
His final stop in town was to speak at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Greater New Milford.
"I have represented New Milford and the surrounding area for five years," Congressman Murphy said. "And while we don't always agree on things, the mayor and I have been good partners over those years.
"You might say our relationship is an example of how government should work," he added. "We disagree at times, are in different parties but in most things we are of the same mind -- keeping the lines of communication open for the best interest of the town."
Congressman Murphy's Rotary talk covered many topics. Among them, he spoke of the federal debt, the struggling U.S. economy, the cost of the war in Afghanistan and the need to reform the tax code.
Paramount, he said, is the need for putting an end to the creation of "political bogeymen" by polarizing parties during election campaigns and a return to open communication in Congress.
"I am just as frustrated as you by the dysfunction of Congress," the Congressman said. "Things can change. I see the opportunity for Congress to grow again with pragmatic young senators working across party lines together. I hope to be one of them."
Among his solutions for the nation's problems: changing from the partisanship evident in district formations, thus changing the structure of government from "domination by far-right and far-left factions;" and working to find common ground between the parties.
"While Congressman Murphy and I don't always agree on things, we do agree on the need to work together," Mayor Murphy said. "Maybe that's what they need in Washington. That's what we have here in Connecticut."