It is hard for most people to comprehend the gridlock in Washington, D.C. these days, and that goes for those who have served there.
Barbara Vucanovich was the first woman elected to federal office for Nevada. She first ran as a 61-year old grandmother in 1982 and then served 14 years on Capitol Hill.
"Times were different then," she says. "Everyone was nice and courteous. We had our differences, we all did. But, we worked together and we had to compromise to make things happen, and so that is what we did."
Vucanovich was one of just a handful of women in the House at the time, and she says they quickly learned the importance of working together.
"We went to battle in the committee rooms, and we all had our views, but afterward, we'd have dinner together and ask about each other's families. It was a wonderful time to have served because everyone took it seriously and represented their states the best they could," she says.
As for the stalemate now, she says it's due to partisan politics.
"Look, even the Republican Party itself is split, and those there seem to have forgotten who they are serving. They forget that they aren't gods. They are so full of themselves and their egos," she says. "They vote with their party no matter what the right thing to do for public policy is, and that's just not good government."
She says a lot of folks tell her she wishes she was still there.
"But, I don't wish I was there," she says. "Because I don't even know if I'd know how to overcome the gridlock. But, I do understand people wanting folks there who will represent their party, work with the President and work for them."
And, like everyone else, Barbara Vucanovich is waiting to see any progress at all out of Washington, D.C.
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:02:30 GMT
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