Congressional Future Caucus: Rep. Blake Moore on new bipartisan role

Apr 27, 2021, 5:27 PM
Businessman Blake Moore, speaks during the 1st Congressional District Republican debate at the PBS ...
Businessman Blake Moore, speaks during the 1st Congressional District Republican debate at the PBS Utah studios in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Credit: Rick Egan

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah, is the new co-chairman of the Congressional Future Caucus, which aims to solve problems in a bipartisan and civil fashion. The road to that goal has been uphill, he said.

Moore joined Inside Sources host Boyd Matheson to discuss his new role and the effort to find bipartisanship in a very divided town — Washington, D.C.

Catching up to tech

“Tell us just a little bit about the genesis of this Future Caucus. We’re really looking at millennials, and what that means for the country,” Boyd said.

Read more: Moore, Jacobs tapped to lead bipartisan caucus for young representatives

Moore said there’s a bipartisan push in the caucus for modernizing policy work and the legislative process.

“Policy oftentimes lags so far behind technology,” Moore said. ” . . . Electric vehicles, right? We struggle to be able to implement policy that keeps up with all the changes that are going on in technology.”

Moore said it has been hard to build relationships with other members of Congress due to the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, COVID protocols and the cancellation of freshman orientation.

“I had heard from other members who are more veteran. They’re like, ‘Oh, that orientation time is a really awesome time. You get to interact and get to know people,'” he said. 

“I’m so glad you raised the orientation issue because I saw that as . . .  always such a unique period of everybody’s learning, everybody’s new, everyone’s getting lost in the tunnels underneath the Capitol trying to figure out where their committee room is,” Boyd said.

Being ‘Moore’ bipartisan: getting along with the others

Compromise between congressional Democrats and Republicans is possible, Moore said, citing the bipartisan work to reform entitlements in 1997.

“That entitlement reform is something they were able to do, even in a bipartisan way. I know that the framework — and what they want to do — is there, but it’s getting Republicans and Democrats to agree on what framework ultimately is,” Moore said.

Cybersecurity and young reps

“In terms of cyber, that seems to be another area where younger members of Congress can come together and get to some good policy solutions,” Boyd asked.

Moore said congressional work on cybersecurity needs to be led by industry.

“One of the things I’m excited about is meeting with some companies in Utah that are doing a lot of really, really good work in thinking about what are the potential threats and issues going forward,” he said.

Moore said cybersecurity is not only about national security, but financial and consumer protection as well.

“I think the industry is ahead of this, more so than even government. I’m wanting to embrace that side of it to be able to engage with experts,” he said.

Bringing the rhetorical heat down

“In addition to going after certain policy goals, you’re also really looking at how can we change the dialogue. How can we elevate the conversation there in Congress?” Boyd asked. “Tell me about some of your work there, some of the things you hope to accomplish in this Future Caucus, as it relates to the rhetoric and the tone in our nation’s capital.”

“I look back at my professional career, and there was, I guarantee you, there was always things that we disagreed with,” Moore said. “But when you have to be present with people and interacting with them, you can find common ground. There are always going to be wedge issues that we may never ultimately agree on, but the other issues just need a little bit more collaboration.”


Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson can be heard weekdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app.

Today’s Top Stories

Inside Sources

first freedoms first...
Boyd Matheson

First freedoms: The interconnectedness of First Amendment rights

If all Americans do not put the first freedoms first KSL NewsRadio host Boyd Matheson says we will not have a sustainable, lasting republic.  
2 months ago
Bears Ears National Monument sign with the five Tribes' insignias on it....
Curt Gresseth

Along with Utah, outdoors group sues over Biden restoring boundaries of Bears Ears

An outdoors and public-lands access group is joining the state of Utah is suing the Biden Administration over restoring the boundaries of the Bear Ears National Monument, arguing the move harms local farmers, miners and members of the Native American community.
3 months ago
On Wednesday, President Biden announced forgiveness of some student loan debt.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci,...
Curt Gresseth

Taxpayer advocate says president alone should not have power to cancel student loan debt

A taxpayer advocate said Mr. Biden's forgiveness of student loan debt is a result of Congress abdicating its power to the executive branch because of politics.
3 months ago
FILE: Head Coach Ray Scott of the Detroit Pistons  watches his team from the bench circa 1972 durin...
Waverly Golden

NBA Coach Ray Scott on building community, leading a team, and breaking barriers

Learning about the deep-rooted segregation in the United States inspired Ray Scott to bring awareness to the issue both in terms of the NBA and society. 
4 months ago
Rep. Stewart at the Security Summit...
Samantha Herrera

Stewart Security Summit takes a look at the US’s place in the world

Ahead of the Stewart Security Summit on August 5 in Salt Lake City, Rep. Chris Stewart joins Inside Sources to discuss the event.
4 months ago
A customer pumps gas at an Exxon gas station, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Miami. U.S consumers have s...
Curt Gresseth

UVU commencement speaker tells her story of rising from high school dropout to bank president

Mary Daly shares her story of rising from high school dropout through the nudging encouragement of her mentor to become president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
7 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Congressional Future Caucus: Rep. Blake Moore on new bipartisan role