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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Celebrates National Week of Conversation

Apr 12, 2019

April 5th through 13th is National Week of Conversation, an annual opportunity when people with diverse perspectives pledge to "listen first." To mark National Week of Conversation, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), founder and co-chair of Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus, had the following placed into the Congressional Record:

I rise today to mark National Week of Conversation.

Right now, we as Americans are no longer expressing our disagreements in a respectable way.

Need proof? Turn on the tv or check your Facebook and Twitter feed.

It’s gotten so bad that 75 percent of Americans—across the political spectrum—say the way we interact with each other has reached a “crisis level.”

Madame Speaker, we need to learn how to disagree without being disagreeable, and that begins here in Congress.

That is why Congressman Steve Stivers and I launched the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus last year.

We are on a mission to “Revive Civility” and visiting schools, civic organizations, and businesses in Central Ohio and DC to spread the message.

I invite all my Democratic and Republican colleagues to join us in this effort.

Become a member of Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus and take time this National Week of Conversation to “Listen First.”

Our families, friends, constituents, and fellow Americans are counting on us.