Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to talk about his recent piece in The Atlantic, "How To Salvage Congress."
On his new piece in The Atlantic: I started to do some homework about how has the institution evolved over time because I just over the last few years witnesses basic things that are not happening. Basic things like people showing up to their committee hearings, doing basic oversight, basic things like people actually reading the bills that they're voting on before they vote on it. I do think that until we find a way to fix the process that which Congress operates it's really not going to matter how many good people we get there. The process is going to continue to crush good, energetic, idealistic, next generation members who want to achieve good policy outcomes. (1:10)
On what he thinks can be done: The easiest and the most obvious would be to change the schedule. Really in the 90's we started this process of flying back and forth every weekend. That's crowded up a lot of time necessary to do basic oversight and legislative work. If you talk to people that were there at times when Congress was more functional they say the real negative consequences has been the loss of personal relationships they are able to development and in politics, as in every other endeavor in your life, you need personal relationships to get anything done. I think keeping us there for three weeks and then allowing people to go back to their district for one week would fix a lot of that. (3:12)
On the reaction to his piece: It's been a mix. The whippersnapper reaction those people aren't really coming up to me and talking to me. There's been a lot of colleagues who have come up to me and said I think this is a useful contribution to the debate. I think you're trying to get to some of the right things, but I disagree with your proposals. There's some members of leadership that said that. (5:30)
On how to make a fundraising better: The campaign finance component is probably the most difficult. I think even if you change the schedule as I advocated for if people were trapped in D.C. but still spent all their time raising money you wouldn't really have improved the discourse or reinvigorated the legislative process. That's why I think I think you would need some other things. (7:28)