Much Ado About Kagen
by b artlet, Fri Jan 19, 2007 at 07:15:10 AM EST
While right-wing bloggers, assisted by the if-it-bleeds-it-leads media, have been on a brutal campaign to discredit freshman Representative Dr. Steve Kagen and distract from the issues, the new Congressman from Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District has been busy, working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to address the critical issues facing this nation.
The Democrats in Congress finished their first 100 legislative hours, with Kagen and other members of Wisconsin's congressional delegration voting to increase the minimum wage, lower prescription drug prices, and cut student loan interest rates.
While right-wing bloggers continue to rehash old news, Congressman Kagen is focused on reaching across the aisle to fix the issues his constituents sent him to Washington to fix. Asked about his part in pushing the Democrats' 100-hour agenda forward, Kagen responded:
Freshman Democrat Rep. Steve Kagen of Appleton said none of the votes were hard for him.
"This is uncharted territory for a freshman, but I am happy with what we are getting done," he said.
As for the extent of the bipartisan support for most of the bills, Kagen said, "I'm surprised by a lot of things in Washington but not that there are reasonable Republicans."
Bravo, Kagen, for being the bigger person here.