What's wrong with Washington?

What's wrong with Washington?

Posted:
"It's like institutionally things are set up to fail," said Sen. Bob Corker. "And sometimes it's set up purposely to divide." "It's like institutionally things are set up to fail," said Sen. Bob Corker. "And sometimes it's set up purposely to divide."
"We're a reflection of the country in most ways and that's especially true in the House," said Rep. Jimmy Duncan. "We're a reflection of the country in most ways and that's especially true in the House," said Rep. Jimmy Duncan.
"We  need more of us on both sides of the aisle to understand that after we make our speeches, we're not finished," Sen. Lamar Alexander said. "We need more of us on both sides of the aisle to understand that after we make our speeches, we're not finished," Sen. Lamar Alexander said.
"The worst thing that can happen is apathy. When people begin to say it no longer matters, it does," Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said. "The worst thing that can happen is apathy. When people begin to say it no longer matters, it does," Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WATE) - There are lots of opinions about what's wrong with Washington, D.C.

Some say it's the overpowering influence of special interests. Others say political ideology, coupled with resistance to compromise is the problem.

If you're a Democrat, perhaps you blame the Republicans. If you're a Republican, it's the Democrats' fault.

Whatever the reason, Washington seems stuck in neutral on the big issues, especially the budget and spending.

As the sequester continues and Congress appears unable to act, there is a feeling that things could be getting worse.

6 News traveled to Washington to speak with East Tennessee's elected leaders to get their sense of what's wrong.

Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, and Congressmen Jimmy Duncan and Chuck Fleischmann, shared their thoughts with us. All are elected by East Tennesseans and all four of them are Republicans.

"It's like institutionally things are set up to fail," said Sen. Corker. "And sometimes it's set up purposely to divide."

"We're a reflection of the country in most ways and that's especially true in the House," said Rep. Duncan.

"Some radio shows give the impression that we hate each other and that's not true. I understand the things that we fight about will get more publicity than the things we all agree on, but we still pass a lot of bills," said Duncan.

But it's the major issues that Congress has difficulty with passing.

Sen. Alexander says he has a simple solution to the problem.

"We  need more of us on both sides of the aisle to understand that after we make our speeches, we're not finished," he said. "We have to get a result."

Rep. Fleischmann says the biggest battle may be with voters. 

" I don't want people to lose hope," he said. "The worst thing that can happen is apathy. When people begin to say it no longer matters, it does."

Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Corker believes there is. 


Coming up tonight at 11:00 on WATE 6 News, he and the others talk about solutions to getting Washington moving.

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.