“Members are motivated by a couple of things. One is the pressure from the country watching ... [and] the feeling that Congress can’t get anything done. People would like to try and prove them wrong for the good of the country. So every member of the committee, I think, came to this task recognizing the huge obstacles, but they also go home every weekend and hear people saying they want to get it done,” he continued.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.