The importance of collaborating through conflict

October 5, 2023   J.D. Rackey

  • Congressional Reform
  • Blog

For the first time in history, the House of Representatives just voted to remove the House Speaker. Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) fate was sealed last weekend when he opted to push through a last-minute budget compromise rather than placate his party’s hard-liners and allow the federal government to shut down.

Imagine a leader facing these two scenarios in any institution other than Congress and the choice seems glaringly obvious. Bypassing solutions to pursue dead ends would probably get most leaders fired. But in today’s Congress, where conflict is often prioritized over compromise, the choice to negotiate solutions can be a death knell.

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