What members of Congress can do to improve civility

Thu, 2017-06-22

The Hill | Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer 

Bickering, shouting and name-calling in the political arena may make for good TV ratings or fundraising, but events of the past week are a terrible reminder that some people take this bruising rhetoric to heart.

Last week’s tragedy in Virginia — targeting Republican representatives practicing for an interparty baseball game — became a catalyst for unity. America cannot lose hold of this important moment of civility. Resorting to the status quo of partisan attacks will only deepen the divisions that fostered this attack. Instead, members of Congress must change the tenor of our politics on the floor of the House and Senate when they’re legislating the issues that impact all Americans.