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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Jason Grumet
President Obama and congressional Republicans both said this week they want to find common ground, but even though they share many of the same broad goals — putting Americans back to work, aiding a struggling middle class and promoting opportunity for all — there is little agreement on how to get there.
Three years after an assassination attempt on then-Rep. Gabrielle Gifford brought members of Congress together, fewer lawmakers crossed the aisle Tuesday night, leaving the chamber once again a partisan seesaw.
Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, said the bipartisan seating may have served a role over the last few years, and may return again in the future.
"The dignity of the event matters, and getting the full body to support different ideas matters," he said. "Sitting together I think was a clever, nice idea. I expect that there will be different versions of that and you'll see it wane and it'll come back a few years later. I think it is not nearly as important as the structural ritual of the evening."