There have also been less ambitious efforts. For instance, CBC and Blue Dog leaders have periodically held meetings to discuss their legislative agendas, and the ethnic minority caucuses are expected to regularly meet this session. But even those efforts have had limited success.
Cleaver said that CBC chairmen have sat “down with whoever is the chair of the Blue Dog Coalition” in the past, but those meetings have never resulted in bridging the policy gaps between the two groups. “Most of the time it’s people walking around angry,” he added.
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.