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Granger and Lowey odd for getting along

Nita Lowey 31%

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In any other town at any other time they would be a boring, if worthy, pair: Wonkish grandmothers sorting through nitty-gritty foreign policy and budgetary details to keep their country influential and safe.

But in Washington at a time of intense partisan rancor, the friendly and productive relationship between Reps. Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) is decidedly odd.

Granger and Lowey, the top foreign appropriators in the U.S. House of Representatives, are being noticed for what was commonplace a decade or so ago: focusing on areas of bipartisan agreement in order to get a bill passed, and agreeing to disagree on the rest.

"It's pretty unique, especially given all the partisan problems that take place every day -- it's extraordinary," said a top staffer with a leading pro-Israel group, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Granger, the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and Lowey, the subcommittee’s ranking member, are striving to get the annual foreign operatons bill onto the floor for consideration by the full House.

 

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By Ron Kampeas

 

Source: jta.org


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