With lawmakers still at an impasse over increasing the debt ceiling, a special team of 40 eighth-grade civics teachers was air-dropped into Washington earlier today in a last-ditch effort to teach congressional leaders how the government’s legislative process works.
“We started them
off with the basics, like the difference between a senator and a
representative, and then moved on to more complex concepts, like what a
resolution is,” Bozeman, MT social studies teacher Heidi Rossmiller told
reporters as all 535 members of Congress copied down the definition of
“checks and balances” from a whiteboard in the House chamber.
a bit of an uphill battle, since most of them seemed to have no real
sense of how or why a bill is passed, and Sen. [Harry] Reid [D-NV] had
to come up to me during a break and ask, ‘Ms. Rossmiller, what happens
if Congress can’t reach a compromise?’
But hopefully it will all start
to sink in soon.” At press time, an unruly House Speaker John Boehner
(R-OH) had noisily stormed out of a lecture on bipartisan cooperation,
claiming it was “too hard.”