The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

“What Is Wrong (and Right) with Congress? A Critique by Two Former Congresswomen" on Monday, Febrary 27th at 4:30 PM

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With current approval ratings at 12% and partisan deadlock preventing the U.S. Government from addressing such pressing issues as budget deficits and the national debt, many Americans have become disillusioned with the members of Congress they elected and the bureaucratic institution that seems too divided to serve the country. Former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly will speak about their time in Congress, and the current state of the institution.

The Congress to Campus Program was founded as an opportunity for two former members of Congress, one Republican and one Democrat, to visit colleges and interact with students, drawing from their experiences to impart wisdom and insight on the future leaders of tomorrow. As part of the visit, the former members of Congress also participate in a public forum, open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth is proud to welcome former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly.

Former Congresswoman Beverly Byron (D-MD)

Beverly Byron served as Congresswoman for Maryland from 1979-1993. Throughout her long and distinguished career, Byron was respected for her ability to reach across the aisle and make legislative compromises with members of both parties. Her specific interests focused on military policy, where she served as head of the Armed Services subcommittee and chaired the House Special Panel on Arms Control and Disarmament. 

Former Congresswoman Sue Kelly (R-NY)

Sue Kelly served as Congresswoman for New York from 1995-2007. She used her time in office to focus on corporate accountability, serving on the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. She cosponsored the Sarbanes-Oxley Corporate Reform bill aimed at stricter corporate accountability, and in 2004 founded the Congressional Anti-Terrorist Financing Task Force to combat the financiers of terrorist cells. Kelly also served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and championed women’s rights as the chief House sponsor of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998.

Please join us for former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly’s forum, “What Is Wrong (and Right) with Congress? A Critique by Two Former Congresswomen,” in Rockefeller 001 at 4:30 pm, February 27, 2012.

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