For Immediate Release
April 27, 2018
Contact: Erin Moffet
(202) 225-5961

Crist, Co-Chairs of Civility Caucuses Recognize National Week of Conversation, Launch Collaborative Workshops
Video announcement of the workshops can be viewed by clicking here

Washington, D.C.  —  As co-chair of the Honor and Civility Caucus, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) joined fellow co-chairs of three congressional caucuses dedicated to promoting civility to announce a collaboration to host workshops and events for members of Congress over the next few months. In recognition of the National Week of Conversation, the Civility and Respect Caucus [Co-Chairs Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH)], the Honor and Civility Caucus [Co-Chairs Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Mike Johnson (R-LA)], and the Civility Caucus [Co-Chairs Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS)] are uniting to lead the effort to revive civility on Capitol Hill. Click here to watch the members' announcement.

“Words matter. How we treat each other matters,” said Crist. “It’s encouraging to see growing support on Capitol Hill for efforts to foster more civility in public discourse. We must always remember the Golden Rule!”

“The bottom line is, we need to treat each other better and learn how to disagree without being disagreeable,” Stivers said. “Joyce Beatty and I have been spreading this message at schools and civic organizations in our districts, and I am looking forward to spreading this message to my colleagues on Capitol Hill. I am proud to join the Civility Caucus and the Honor and Civility Caucus in the movement to revive civility in Washington.”

“Too many Americans are no longer expressing their disagreements in a respectful way,” Beatty said. “That is why I am working with Congressman Stivers to show that although we may not agree politically on many issues, we can disagree without being disagreeable.” Beatty continued, “We want more people to do the same and treat others how they want to be treated—especially our young people and future generations of leaders.”

“We are stronger when we act together, and I am proud to join my colleagues in Congress to do all we can to restore civility to our political discourse and trust in our nation's institutions,” Johnson said. “The next generation of Americans needs to see us live out our core principles and treat one another with dignity and respect. I thank my friends on both sides of the aisle for championing this important effort in Washington and in their districts back home.”

“For far too long we have allowed partisanship and political tribalism to erode civility within the halls of Congress,” said Cleaver. “While we may disagree on some issues, we can all agree that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. As members of Congress we have a duty to set an example for the American people and I look forward to working with the other caucuses in an effort to restore civility in Congress.”

“In today’s heated political climate, it’s important that Members of Congress lead by example and practice civil discourse and dialogue in the halls of Congress and at home,” Yoder said. “As chairmen of the Congressional Civility Caucus, Congressman Cleaver and I have been working to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats, and even though we might disagree on many political issues, we both agree we should work together for the betterment of our country. I’m excited for the upcoming events over the next few months to promote civility.”