Partisan gridlock was evident at this year’s Foundations on the Hill. In a recent blog post, Lissa Widoff of the Switzer Foundations writes:
While we had the opportunity to hear from colleagues and panels of presenters on the first day of the conference, the undercurrent was both gratifying and alarming. Gratifying in that there are fabulous stories about the role that foundations and their nonprofit partners play in every corner of the country and the neutral role foundations have as a much-needed ingredient to advance many aspects of public policy. The alarming lesson in all this, as was aptly described by our retiring Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, is that the deadlock and partisanship in Congress has essentially brought all reasonable debate and problem-solving to a halt, and even more so in an election year.
Did you encounter a similar outlook in your meetings with Hill staffers? Let us know in the comments.