(CNN) – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, said Sunday that leaders in Washington are afraid to veer from their party bases to actually lead.
Schock also said that younger members of Congress are less "ideologically strident" and more eager to solve the United States' problems.
"Right now, our leadership, on both sides of the aisle, in both chambers, are a bit challenged at being leaders because they're so concerned about their ideological base," Schock said, appearing with Gabbard on CNN's "State of the Union."
"Both Democrat and Republican leaders right now are worried about being right-flanked and left-flanked out by their respective bases."
Schock and Gabbard formed the Congressional Future Caucus to bring together 40 members of Congress under the age of 40, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, to find commonality on issues.
"(Leaders are) afraid to be what their title says, which is a leader," the Illinois Republican said, adding that if the group can rally members of Congress behind an initiative, leaders like Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will have more leeway to compromise on legislation.
"We're not willing to sit around and wait for another 20 or 30 years to be in a position of seniority and to actually be able to do things, but to find out how do we kind of create the pressure points, both from within," Gabbard said.
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