WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Three members of West Virginia's congressional delegation on Thursday expressed contempt for hyperpartisan national politics and emphasized the need to find compromise during the state Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Summit Thursday.
Republican Representatives Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, along with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, each acknowledged America's frustration with Congress and pledged to do better before the annual gathering of state business leaders at The Greenbrier.
The U.S. Chamber on Thursday presented Capito and McKinley with their annual "Spirit of Enterprise Award" in recognition of their 100 percent voting record on Chamber issues during the last year in Congress.
Meanwhile, Manchin joined Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and Republican presidential contender, to promote their "No Labels" nonpartisan organization, which seeks to build common ground among national political leaders.
With Congress currently in recess, they said they've heard from constituents over the break bemoaning the behavior of lawmakers in Washington.
One recent poll indicated Congress had a 9 percent approval rating. Capito joked that that approval was probably coming from the staff and families of members of Congress.
"Quite honestly, people are very frustrated about the tone, tenor and lack of decision making in Washington," she said. "I agree; I'm frustrated too."
McKinley, who said he was one of just 48 members of Congress that actually had experience running a small business, said part of the problem is the fact that lawmakers don't communicate with each other effectively about legislation. Rather, they resort to political maneuvers.
"We don't let people understand and connect with what we're doing . . . to make people understand what are you going to do with this bill, how are you going to affect people," he said.
Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, who addressed the Chamber on Wednesday, admitted the 24-hour media climate in Washington, D.C., encourages politicians to sacrifice compromise for quick political points.
"I work in a town where people talk about winning the morning," Stirewalt said. "That is some concentrated stupid right there . . . and we have a political journalism that invites politicians to do the wrong thing.