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Trott: Americans Getting Less Patient With Congress' Gridlock

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By    |   Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 09:03 AM

Rep. Dave Trott, in his first interview since announcing his plans to retire earlier this week over Washington's gridlock, said Thursday he believes Americans are becoming less patient with Congress' problem-solving abilities.

"There's been gridlock for decades," the Michigan Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "Nothing has changed."

Trott said he has been encouraged by President Donald Trump's dinners with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, he applauds the president for trying to pull deals together.

"That's what Americans sent us here to do, and that's what needs to happen," Trott said.

He told the program he is leaving Washington because he wants to spend more time with his family.

"I spent 30 years in business traveling the country every week, and it will be good to be home," Trott said. "I looked at the next year, and because of competitive districts and the cost of campaigns, I really thought I'd be spending every waking moment for the next year raising $2 million to $3 million [to get] re-elected. I thought there was a better way to spend my time."

He also encouraged his successor to come into Washington with their eyes "wide open."

"This place has been dysfunctional for a long time," Trott said. "It's not the president's or the speaker's fault. It's been that way for decades. It's not really a job. It's a way of life. It's morning, noon, and night."

He said he does applaud people serving in Congress, as they are a "great, talented group of people who really are very dedicated, and most people don't realize how hard they work. I know most people don't want to hear that because they hate Congress, but it's a wonderful group of people, talented group, on both sides of the aisle. It's morning and night as far as your commitment."

Meanwhile, Trott compared Trump to former President Ronald Reagan when it comes to reaching out across the aisle.

'This is what Reagan did with [former Speaker] Tip O'Neal," Trott said. "This is what [Bill] Clinton did with Newt [Gingrich], and this is what we expect our president to do. We have to solve the DACA problem and secure our border."

Trott said he's also annoyed about people talking about "the base" when it comes to supporters.

"If you're all consumed and worried about the base, that tells me you're more focused on your election than getting things done," Trott said. "People who say Congress, why is it acting this way and why can't the speaker stop this, I have a news flash. We don't have a governing majority in Congress."

Lawmakers must also act in a bipartisan way if they expect to get anything done, he continued.

"The good news is if we do it on a bipartisan basis, the next [Congress] won't tear everything down and blow it up like we've had to do with President [Barack] Obama, because everything there was partisan," he concluded. "I hope Trump continues inviting people up for dinner."

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Rep. Dave Trott, in his first interview since announcing his plans to retire earlier this week over Washington's gridlock, said Thursday he believes Americans are becoming less patient with Congress' problem-solving abilities."
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