Fighting for Common Ground
How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
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An outspoken centrist, Senator Snowe stunned Washington in
February 2012 when she announced she would not seek a fourth
term and offered a sharp rebuke to the Senate, citing the
dispiriting gridlock and polarization. After serving in the
legislative branch at the state and federal levels for 40
years, including 18 years in the U.S. Senate, she explained
that Washington wasn’t solving the big problems anymore.
In this timely call to action, she explores the roots of her
belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan
compromise. A leading moderate with a reputation for
crossing the aisle, Senator Snowe will propose solutions for
bridging the partisan divide in Washington, most notably
through a citizens’ movement to hold elected officials
Senator Snowe recounts how the tragedies and triumphs of her
personal story helped shape her political approach. Born in
Augusta, Maine, Senator Snowe was orphaned at nine, and
raised by an aunt and uncle. When she was twenty-six, her
husband, a Maine state representative, was killed in an auto
accident. Already dedicated to public service, she ran
for and won her husband’s seat.
The book will include anecdotes from throughout her career,
and address her working relationships with Presidents Reagan
through Obama, Senator Ted Kennedy, Majority Leader Bob
Dole, and many others. As a senior member of the powerful
Senate Finance Committee, the high-profile Commerce and
Intelligence Committees, and the Senate Small Business
Committee, Senator Snowe has been directly involved with the
most talked-about legislative challenges of recent decades:
the country’s response to 9/11; the 2008 financial crisis;
the Affordable Healthcare Act; the debt ceiling debacle, and
Her new book will draw on the lessons she's learned as a
policymaker, and the frustration she shares with the
American people about the government’s dwindling
productivity. Senator Snowe passionately argues that the
government has now lost its way, shows how this happened,
and proposes ways for the world’s greatest deliberative body
to, once again, fulfill its mission.
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