This story was originally published on nationaljournal.com on May 2, 2017 The bitter partisanship that has enveloped Capitol Hill, the White House, Washington, and the country is deeply troubling, and it’s getting worse. Today, collegiality and cooperation between the parties is more the exception than the rule. An example of the exception was the unveiling last week of the portrait of former House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan, who stepped down from that position at the end of the last Congress when the GOP rule on term limits for chairmanships kicked in. Upton was honored not only by party colleagues like Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, but also by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer from the Democratic side. This event was held in the John Dingell Room of the Rayburn House Office Building, named for the Democratic lion of the House (a member for over 59 years), John Dingell, a fellow Michigander. Upton chaired hundreds of hours in that hearing room, Dingell thousands. Among Upton’s many contributions to public
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