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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.