Jesse Haladay, a legislative assistant to Rep. Jason Altmire, taught English and American culture at Qufu Normal University in Chinas Shandong province.
“It really took me out of my comfort zone,” he said. “It helped me recognize how groups of people coming together might not agree, but you have to make sure you understand them and that they understand where you are coming from to get them to compromise.”
Relating that sentiment to the politics of Washington, “I certainly look at the Hill as a place where there’s always need for compromise,” he said.
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James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.