The United States Congress is one of our nation’s most enduring and important institutions, but with partisan politics growing more hostile every day, and Congressional approval ratings trending ever-lower, it often feels as if the Legislative Branch is terminally ill. Perhaps the Italian American Congressional Delegation has the right prescription!
For the 38 Italian American lawmakers who count themselves part of this bicameral and bipartisan fellowship, the opportunity to unite around their shared Italian heritage might just provide the perfect excuse to reach across the aisle and encourage a new, non-partisan spirit in the halls of power in Washington.
We’re joined by the Italian American Congressional Delegation’s co-chairs, Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ) and Republican Congressman Mark Amodei (NV), for conversations around not only the important legislative topics facing the Italian American community today, but also the ways in which the friendships that blossom within their membership end up impacting their work on the Hill.
And, of course, since this is the Italian American Podcast, we end up discussing everything from the importance of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Italy, to how one Congressman almost ended up an honorary member of the Italian Communist Party, and what might just be the the most important Italian American political speech ever given!
This Election Day, join us as we examine this most important of topics, and get to know the human side of two fiercely proud Italian American legislators!
This episode is sponsored by Mediaset Italia.