This week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., teamed up with fellow congressional freshman U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., to launch the Honor and Civility Caucus.
Cristâs office noted that the new group was formed to âuphold and promote the ideals of civility and statesmanship and to restore trust and confidence in Americaâs political institutions" and âwill work to foster more productive dialogue in Congress and to advance specific initiatives to improve the tone of the nationâs politics and public discourse.â Invitations have been sent out to members of Congress to join the new group.
On Wednesday, Crist and Johnson weighed in on why they had formed the new caucus.
âAs the nationâs leaders, members of Congress should aspire to the highest standards and set an example of personal integrity, decency and mutual respect for the generations of Americans that will follow,â Crist and Johnson said in a joint statement. âWe can be stalwarts of our respective policy positions without tearing one another down. Although the members of this caucus will represent both political parties and a wide range of individual views across the political spectrum, our belief is that we can disagree in an agreeable manner and maintain collegiality and the honor of our office. Our aim is to help reverse the increasing divisions in and coarsening of our culture.â