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Friends celebrate former House Speaker Foley

Former House Speaker Tom Foley
Former House Speaker Tom Foley
“He was amazingly effective at bringing people of different views together and finding compromises,” said Cornell Clayton, director of the Foley Institute for Public Policy at WSU.

For instance, Foley was an architect of the system that saw money for farm programs and food stamps combined in the same spending bill, Clayton said. That way the programs were guaranteed to win support from urban and rural lawmakers, he said.

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