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Dingell on Congress: 'I Am Ashamed of Our Performance'

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September 9, 2011

"My daddy taught me that if God had wanted us to talk more and listen less, he would have given us two mouths and one ear," Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., wrote in an op-ed printed in The Washington Post on Friday. 

After President Obama's proposal of the American Jobs Act, the congressman is certainly urging House Republicans to follow suit and adopt the plan

Dingell is known for his folksy tone on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and he used it in his piece to appeal to Americans disheartened by the recent string of stalemates in Congress.

 

But he does not let his own party off the hook. He calls for a restart and a return to days of America's past because, "Our Founding Fathers intended no parties when they created this institution."

Congress's staggeringly low approval rating, which he cites, is no doubt triggering a move by members like Dingell to distance themselves from party loyalists and find common ground with independent, disgruntled voters.

"As a member of Congress who takes pride in this institution and holds its history and procedures in high regard," Dingell wrote. "I am deeply disappointed by the unwillingness of members of all parties to come together for the common good."

"I am ashamed of our performance — of us all, on both sides of the aisle," he wrote.

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