Congressional Civility & Respect Caucus

 
WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT CIVILITY?

Because we can do better. With attacks on Congressmen at a baseball practice and violence in Charlottesville, people are no longer expressing their
disagreements in respectable way.  Violence CANNOT be the answer.

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and I have worked together for years and have learned to disagree without vilifying each other.  That is why we
are joining forces with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote civility and respect in our political discourse.

WHERE DOES CIVILITY MATTER?

In Business:
•    The Harvard Business Review conducted a poll of 800 managers/employees across 17 industries and found…
      - 48% of workers on the receiving end of uncivil behavior intentionally decreased their efforts on the job
      - 78% of workers said their commitment to the organization declined
      - 80% of workers lost time/productivity worrying about the incident
      - When consumers perceive employees to be uncivil, they are less likely to use the services of a company
      - Cisco estimates that incivility cost their company $12 million a year

In School:
•    According to the Cyberbullying Research Center…
      - 34% of students have experienced cyberbullying in the last month
      - 32% of students who are bullied both online and at school experience suicidal thoughts
      - 4,750,000 students each year skip school at some point during the year as a result of bullying

Online:
•    Psychology Today reported …
      - Four in five people believe that incivility on social media is on the rise
      - 88% believe that people are less polite on social networks than they are in person
      - 45% have defriended or blocked someone online because of uncivil comments

HOW WE ARE WORKING TO ADDRESS IT

Congresswoman Beatty and I are traveling to schools and civic organizations across our districts to talk about the importance of civility in our daily lives.
Members of Congress who join the Civility and Respect Caucus are expected to join with a partner from the other side of the aisle, and agree to host events together to promote civility.

Additionally, we are partnering with the Congressional Honor and Civility Caucus, and Congressional Civility Caucus to host workshops and events for Members of Congress.

CIVILITY & RESPECT CAUCUS IN THE NEWS
CBS Sunday Morning: Will politics be the death of civility?
Circleville Herald Article: "You can disagree without being disagreeable": Stivers aims for civility in Congress
Wilmington News Journal Editorial: A civil, inquiring tongue
NBC4 Columbus School for Girls Visit: Representatives Stivers, Beatty take 'Civility Tour' to Columbus School for Girls
Press Release: Co-Chairs of Civility Caucuses Recognize National Week of Conversation, Launch Collaborative Workshops
Joint Op-Ed by Rep. Stivers and Beatty Published in The Hill: A movement to #ReviveCivility
Columbus Dispatch Editorial: It’s time to relearn the Golden Rule
WBNS-10TV Face the State: U.S. Representatives Steve Stivers and Joyce Beatty join us to discuss the civility caucus in Washington
NBC4 Civility & Respect Caucus Rollout: Stivers and Beatty form caucus to promote civility in politics
Columbus Dispatch Civility & Respect Caucus Rollout: Political opposites Beatty and Stivers form ‘civility caucus’ in Congress

CIVILITY & RESPECT CAUCUS MEMBERSHIP
Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH)     Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH)
Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH)     Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI)     Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)     Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ)
Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA)     Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN)     Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN)
Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL)     Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA)     Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
Congressman French Hill (R-AR)     Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-AR)
Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS)     Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA)     Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL)
Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-TX)     Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA)
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL)     Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL)
Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE)     Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA)
Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)     Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA)

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