Former Rep. John Edward Porter Gives Congress a Tongue-Lashing

Sens. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., were honored at Research!America’s annual advocacy awards dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, the organization’s nod to their commitment to private-sector medical research and innovation.

But things took an interesting turn, when former Rep. John Edward Porter — now chairman of the board of Research!America — took aim at Congress, accusing both parties of “idiotic posturing that is supposed to pass as governing.”

“The United States preaches democracy to the world. Our founders gave us a strong framework for making inclusive decisions,” the Illinois Republican said. “Then we do everything possible to scam the system for partisan advantage.”

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