Utah Congressional Delegation

Courtesy: / House Speaker John Boehner's office

Members of Congress might have been a little apprehensive going into Pope Francis’ speech Thursday because of the Catholic leader’s recent comments on issues that have been divisive in Washington. But at least a few members of Utah’s delegation to Congress were pleased with the historic address.

Brian Grimmett

Representative Jason Chaffetz is giving Maryland Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings a tour of Utah. And the two congressmen hope to achieve a lot with the trip.

In June, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, took a tour of Rep. Elijah Cummings', D-MD, inner city Baltimore district. This weekend Chaffetz returned the favor by showing Cummings around some of Utah’s most picturesque locations. But Chaffetz says the trip wasn’t just a vacation. It was a chance for the two to get a better understanding of the unique challenges their constituents face.

Courtesy of Congressman Jim Matheson

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson addressed members of the Utah House and Senate on Thursday.  For now, it is the lawmaker’s last visit to the Capitol as a member of the state congressional delegation.

Congressman Matheson began his speech in the Utah House describing a political atmosphere in Washington, DC that is so partisan that un ending gridlock is the status quo. He says voters are fed up a congress that can’t get work together.