I attended a small breakfast meeting this morning with Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, who is a Democratic member from Illinois and is a member of the Agriculture Committee. It was a very timely meeting because the Agriculture Committee had a hearing on the climate change legislation later in the day.
The Congresswoman’s perspectives are very helpful because she is a freshman Member of Congress and in a swing congressional district (this seat was formerly held by Republican Jerry Weller, Bush won in 2000 and 2004, and Obama won with 53% of the vote). She is also a member of the “New Democrat Coalition,?? which is a group of “moderate, pro-growth?? Democratic members.
I asked her for her views on a national marketplace and the weakening of this concept in the Waxman-Markey energy legislation. She stated that she came from a state legislature (she was a State Senator) so she understands the desire for states to deal with standards; however, as a former small business person, she was well aware of the need for a national market.
Halvorson was willing to listen and learn– a great attribute for a Member of Congress. Thanks to Congresswoman Halvorson for taking the time out of her day to have breakfast with various associations and understand the issues that are on our minds.