“People ask me, ‘Is this the worst time you have served in Congress with approval ratings so low and the challenges so great?’ I say, no,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. Roberts served as a congressional staff member during the Vietnam War and Watergate, and he was a member of Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal and President Clinton’s impeachment hearings. “All these were terribly controversial,” Roberts said. “Somehow we found a way to do the nation’s business and do what’s right for the American future in regards to the economic future. That’s the thing that is missing now.” And he’s not optimistic that elected officials are nearing a path to accommodation, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. “I don’t see that happening any time soon,” he said.
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