Streaming on Fox Nation, the new series will pit legislators against each other in friendly policy debates.
The program, dubbed “The Senate Project”, is a product of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) who yearns for the time when the Senate was known for its debates and collaboration.
The first one-hour episode will air June 13th and will be moderated by Fox News anchor Bret Baier, according to a press release by the network. The topics will be announced the week before the event.
It will take place in the Kennedy Institute’s full-size replica of the Senate floor. The second debate will be held at George Washington University in July and will air across C-SPAN platforms. A third debate is planned for this fall, sponsored by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation.
“The Senate Project is a core component of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation’s central mission: to reinvigorate the civic discourse,” said Hatch Foundation Executive Director Matt Sandgren in a statement.
Former Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), who recently joined the Kennedy Institute’s board, said, “You should care passionately and to have a disagreement that’s not a bug, that’s a feature of a democracy. We want to have that debate but it should be based on principle and it should be done with the expectation that you’re going to try to convince an adversary on that issue of the merits of you cause.”
“That’s not where many people think the United States Senate or our government is at the moment,” he said.