Episode 117: #TBT to when Congress actually worked

In the early 1940s, a little known senator named Harry Truman led a bi-partisan congressional committee that took on the war industry.

In today’s political atmosphere of partisan bickering and congressional dysfunction, there’s something reassuring about reflecting on a time when things actually worked on Capitol Hill.

On the latest DecodeDC podcast, we’re traveling back to the 1940s to tell you a story about Congress at its very best. It’s a story about a then little-known senator named Harry Truman and the committee he led that investigated waste, fraud and abuse in the lead-up to the United States entering World War II.

“It really seemed to be, for this brief moment in history, the work of the Truman committee was about saving money, was about saving lives, and about winning the war, and they did it in a nonpartisan, or a bipartisan way,” said Steve Drummond, who wrote an essay on the committee and spent months researching its work.

The Truman committee remains one example, perhaps a fleeting one, of when members of Congress really did work together across the aisle for a common cause.

Loading Next Story