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Jason Chaffetz told Chris Matthews
that "compromise is a good thing"
by Nathan'ette Burdine: July 13, 2014

During a Monday appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” tea party congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) told host Chris Matthews that “compromise is not a bad word.”

Chaffetz appeared on the show with his congressional colleague, Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), to discuss the efforts the two are making at reaching across the aisle.

Chaffetz and Cummings, who are members of the House Oversight Committee, have had heated debates during the Oversight Committee hearings’ about the IRS scandal.

Due to some of the heated exchanges they've had, some have questioned if Chaffetz has decided to place aside his differences with Cummings, who’s the Oversight Committee’s ranking member, because he [Chaffetz] is vying to become the new committee chair after Darryl Issa’s term as the committee chair ends at the end of the year.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Chaffetz visited Cummings’ congressional district on June 23, 2014. Cummings told Matthews that he plans to visit Chaffetz’s district “in the next few months.”

Cummings said that he “really appreciated” the fact that Chaffetz took the time to come to his district to listen to young fathers and seniors discuss the challenges they face on a day to day basis.

Matthews asked Chaffetz what he learned from his interactions with the people in Cummings congressional district. Chaffetz responded that the experience was “different” for him.

"You know when we sat for an hour with 12 aids patients and what they’re going through and the heartache that they’re going through. The urban center that we visited-that was very different for me and I’m glad to go there,” Chaffetz told Matthews.

Chaffetz noted that the two have different issues to “deal with,” but that they have agreed to work together to find a “common ground.”

Cummings said that he believes they can reach common ground on issues like prison reform, while Chaffetz told Matthews that there can no longer be the idea that throwing “verbal bombs” will due and that Republicans need to find a way to get Democrats across “the finish line” with them.

Chaffetz went on to say that, “the best pieces of legislation they’re ultimately going to be bi-partisan. That’s the only way we’re going to achieve something.”

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