Explore how a polarized Congress can get back to doing the people’s work.
Common Ground Committee, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering civil public discourse in politics, was honored to partner with co-host The Nantucket Project to welcome former Members of Congress Barney Frank and Christopher Shays to Irvington, NY. As groundbreaking Democratic and Republican representatives, Chairman Frank and Congressman Shays have firsthand experience in advancing bipartisan legislation. In this honest conversation, two veteran legislators shared an inside look at how bills get made in Washington, and how Congress can get back to doing the people’s work in politically polarized times.
It’s Time for a Frank Conversation.
with Former Congressional Members Chris Shays & Chairman Barney Frank
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About the Speakers
Former Democratic Congressman Barney Frank served as a Representative from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. As Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, he was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, acting as a key deal maker between Republicans and Democrats to usher in a sweeping reform of the financial industry. An energetic supporter of civil rights, Mr. Frank was the first member of Congress to marry someone of the some sex while in office.
Former Republican Congressman Christopher Shays served as a Representative from Connecticut from 1987 to 2009. A leader among centrist Republicans, he was recognized for his bipartisan leadership and rose to become a senior member of the Budget, Government Reform, Financial Services and Homeland Security Committees. He championed the creation of the 9/11 Commission and its recommended reforms; co-chaired the Commission on Wartime Contracting; and co-founded the Congressional National Service Caucus.