01/16/2019

Lawmakers are having a hard time compromising lately. Fox's Chad Pergram has more in today's "Speaker's Lobby"

I'm Chad Pergram with the Speaker's Lobby.

The whole thing is built on compromise.

The 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia produced a spate of compromises between delegates to forge the U.S. Constitution.

There were compromises about allocation of House members versus the size of the Senate.

They compromised, so the House was based on population.

But every state, big or small has equal representation in the Senate.

Then there's the electoral college.

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention differed as to whether voters should directly elect the President.

Yet others worried some voters wouldn't be wise enough to choose.

Instead, they settled on a compromise.

Citizens would cast their ballots for electors and then the electoral college would actually pick the President.

So here we are, well into the fourth week of the longest government shutdown in history. No end in sight.

If this is ever going to end, President Trump, alongside Congressional Democrats and Republicans, must compromise.

The only way they can reach a compromise is with negotiation.

There can be no compromise right now, because there is no negotiation.

With the Speaker's Lobby, Chad Pergram. Fox News.