FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaks at a news conference in Wolcott, Conn. Murphy and Rep. Timothy Johnson, R-Ill., are bucking the trend of partisanship in Washington and holding joint town hall meetings with their constituents _ gatherings that were known for their rancor during the health care debate. Both have worked to breathe new life into the U.S. House of Representatives Center Aisle Caucus, a bipartisan group that is trying improve the tone in D.C. amid a hyper-partisan atmosphere. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)