Dan Rostenkowski, D-Illinois, the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee 1981-1995, died August 11, 2010. A prominent Democrat, Rostenkowski did reach across the aisle to support some Republican initiatives, such as those proposed by President Richard M. Nixon in 1971 as part of his New Economic Policy. On September 9, 1971, after Nixon addressed a joint session of Congress on "Stabilization of the Economy," Rostenkowski praised the speech and Nixon's proposals.
Charles W. “Chuck” Colson∇: Dan Rostenkowski—Dave Bradshaw was here with me and he knows Danny, who’s of course a leader of the—
President Nixon: I know.
Colson: —Illinois Democratic delegation on the Ways and Means [Committee]. He said he thought it was a terrific speech and he was just giving a statement to the press that he supported it, thought the investment tax credit was needed, particularly liked the new sense of nationalism which you had given to the country and thought you’d get an excellent response, that people would be—
President Nixon: That’s very important. That’s [Chicago Mayor Richard J.] Daley.
Colson: That’s right. And people were tired of being pushed around in the world and being Big Brother and that this, just as you and I talked about before, this is a very, very solid reaction we will get from the people.