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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Reps. Beatty and Stivers Announce Launch of the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus

Feb 2, 2018
Press Release

Reps. Beatty and Stivers Announce Launch of the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03) and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) recently announced the creation of the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus. Beatty and Stivers formed the Caucus to encourage all Members of Congress to act with civility and respect in their political discourse. To join the Caucus, each member must have a partner from the other side of the aisle. Initial Caucus members include Congressman David Joyce (R-OH-14) and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI-06) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12), Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ-03) and Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01), and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-07) and Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA-25).

Over the next year, Stivers and Beatty will be visiting high schools and civic organizations across Central Ohio to promote the use of a respectful dialogue on tough issues. Other members of the Caucus will be encouraged to lead similar discussions on civility and respect in their own congressional districts. 

The announcement was made at a panel discussion on civility at the Columbus Metropolitan Club, where Beatty and Stivers spoke to members of the community about the importance of bringing civil discourse back into politics, and gave updates on the issues they are working together to tackle. 

“Although Congressman Stivers and I hold entirely different political beliefs, we respect one another and are committed to finding opportunities to work together,” Beatty said. “Unfortunately, our bipartisan relationship in Congress is the exception rather the rule.” Beatty continued, “That is exactly why we are launching the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus. Steve and I both know the value of civility, respect and open dialogue, and we urge our fellow Members of Congress to do the same.”    

“Joyce and I don’t always agree on how to solve the issues facing our nation, but we find common ground where we can. More importantly, when we do disagree, we don’t vilify one another,” Stivers said. “I am proud to call her both a colleague and a friend, and I believe that we have an excellent model of bipartisanship, civility, and respect that Congress and the rest of the country could learn from. This is about more than just a Caucus, this about creating a movement to show you can disagree without being disagreeable in government.”

Since the 113th Congress, Stivers and Beatty have served neighboring districts in Central Ohio, working together to tackle homelessness, veterans’ issues, human trafficking, and financial literacy. Both are members of the exclusive House Committee on Financial Services and serve as co-chairs of the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here is what other original members of the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus are saying:

  • Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01): “As a father of three and grandfather of two, I’ve always aimed to lead by example with civility and respect. Republicans and Democrats are inevitability going to have policy differences, but we can disagree without being disagreeable to one another. I believe that by working together we can advance bipartisan solutions on the issues that matters to America’s families: growing jobs and wages, improving education, and providing security for our nation and in our neighborhoods.”
  • Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ-03): “There are many tough issues facing our nation and our best chance at solving them is for members of both parties to respect each other more, trust one another, and be willing to compromise. That is how I try to carry myself in Congress and have always worked to achieve bipartisan solutions to issues facing our community. Congressman Donald Norcross is someone I have worked on many critical issues facing South Jersey including protecting and strengthening Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, ensuring our veterans receive quality health care, fighting the addiction crisis, and standing up for the hardworking men and women in the New Jersey Building Trades. While we certainly don’t agree on everything, we have always treated each other with respect, and it’s great for South Jersey that Donald and I will be joining the Civility and Respect Caucus together.”  
  • Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-07): “Bipartisanship is not easy, but that’s what the American people expect from their leaders in government. I’m proud to join the bipartisan Civility and Respect Caucus, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the lives of the people we represent.”
  • Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA-25): “I’m proud to join Representative Stephanie Murphy as partners in the Civility and Respect Caucus. Too often in today’s political climate, people divide us into our camps of Republican and Democrat. While we may disagree on policy ideas, it’s important to remember that we are all working for the common goal of ensuring America remains prosperous and free. Civil discourse is the bedrock of our democracy, and I look forward to working with my fellow Caucus members from both sides of the aisle to deliver solutions to the American people.”
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12): “Too often in Washington and across the country, we have a problem talking across divides because we don’t slow down, listen and have conversations with those who hold opposing views. The Civility and Respect Caucus will bring diverse members together to have difficult discussions, to debate and to find solutions to the challenges we face. We have to remember that there is more that unites us than divides us. United we stand, divided we fall.”
  • Congresswoman Fred Upton (R-MI-06): “While Republicans and Democrats may disagree on certain policy issues, we should always make a point to keep open the lines of communication. Bipartisanship, civility, respect, and open dialogue are an important part about being an effective public servant. I’m proud to join the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus and look forward to working with colleagues across the aisle to promote these important ideals.”
  • Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN-03): “No one party has a monopoly on good ideas and I believe this caucus will help foster an environment to cooperate, work together, and find common ground on solutions that help Minnesota and our country.”