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- Norman Ornstein resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and coauthor of "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track."
- Rep. James P. Moran U.S. House of Representatives, Virgina
- Cathy McMorris Rogers U.S. House of Representatives representing Washington's 5th Congressional District.
- Melanie Sloan executive director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
- Thomas Mann senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
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