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Former Congressman Speaks at Columbia Basin Badger Club Meeting

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PASCO, Wash. - NBC Right Now is digging deeper into the nation's unrest over the ongoing squabbled at the U.S. capitol. Former Washington Congressman Norm Dicks spent his entire adult life on Capitol Hill and on Friday, he made an appearance in the Tri-Cities. 

The title of his talk at the Columbia Basin Badger Club meeting was 'The Crisis Confronting Our System of Government.'

Dicks spent 36 years as a Washington congressman and said he's not impressed with the 'my way or the highway' mentality on both sides of the political spectrum.

He told the Badger Club that this 'extremism' is threatening our constitutional government and that we're the ones that can change it.

"We the people, it is the constitution and we have to send a message that we want you guys to work together. We expect you to do it and if you don't we're going to put someone else in. That's it," said Dicks.

He said it's not unheard of for the American people to send messages to Capitol Hill, citing both the Johnson and Reagan landslides in 1964 and 1980.

During Dicks' trip to the Tri-Cities he also got a briefing from DOE on the Hanford cleanup and met with local Congressman Doc Hastings.