Four student panelists and some 50 students who attended a session with U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert were able to ask the Congresswoman a variety of questions April 6. They ranged from how health care will affect students, her ideas for reforming medical malpractice suits while still protecting people, her role on the education committee, the status of Pell grants, what Congress is doing to promote job growth, trade issues, national security and body scanners at airports, the role of media, her plans for reaching her goals as a member of the minority party, and the political climate in Washington, D.C.
Here are a couple of her comments:
“It’s getting harder to get our message out. The media has taken over with giving opinions and looking for negative things they can find, rather than reporting news. To get through the filter and bias of media I have gone to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.”
“There’s one day I will never forget as long as I live. That was 9/11…. We all worked together at that time and had a common goal. The times are very tough now and I’ve never seen anything like this before. We used to have an active civility caucus and bipartisan retreat where we’d meet and discuss our opinions with civility. If you get to know the people on the other side of the aisle you’re more likely to respect each other and find areas of agreement. We really need to get back to this.”
Student panelists include (photo, l. to r.): Chris Smith ’10, representing SGA; Catherine Utterback ’11, with SIFE; Chad Comello ’10, The Chronicle; and Angela Hager ’10, Model UN and intern with Rep. Biggert.