Two young members of Congress have found a new way to fight partisan gridlock in Congress: Their age.
Republican Rep. Aaron Schock and Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, both 32, recently joined forces to create the Congressional Future Caucus, a group of legislators who aim to look down the road in handling problems.
“Clearly there is a frustration with a lack of action in Congress, and we have an opportunity as the next generation of leaders to work together,” Gabbard said.
The younger generation is far more interested in achieving solutions, they said, and a growing number of younger representatives are being elected to office.
Five years ago, Schock was one of just four members under 40. This past January, the Illinois Republican said, Congress swore in 40 members under 40—20 Republicans, 20 Democrats.
“If you put the 40 of us in a room and lock the door, we could come out with solutions that would pass the House and the Senate,” he said on Wednesday. “[We are] less concerned with the rigid ideology of both of our parties…and more interested in coming up with some bipartisan solutions that will work.”
Watch the full conversation here.