The Madison Prize for Constitutional Excellence
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The Madison Prize for Constitutional Excellence


At a time when political gridlock is on the rise and public approval of Congress has reached historic lows we need to recognize leaders who understand that public interest must transcend partisanship. In 1787, James Madison wrote that in a free society groups of people or factions will unite around common political interests And these factions have the potential to impede progress. Or worse. The U.S. Constitution serves to check the power of factions by balancing one against the other Madison understood that then. and we understand that now we have created an award to recognize two deserving legislators of our time through an endowment from representative David Skaggs and his wife Laura in partnership with American University’s School of Public Affairs we will honor one u.s. representative or senator from each major political party democrat or republican. These are the women and men who help ensure our democracy moves forward join us join us join us as we celebrate the legislators who have chosen to rise above partisanship in the interest of the American people enlightened men and women who are committed to the unification of our country legislators deserving of The Madison Prize [Music, Text on Screen]

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