Stivers and Beatty form caucus to promote civility in politics

Fri, 2018-01-26

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A pair of Central Ohio lawmakers are launching a new effort to restore civility in Congress and across the country.

Representatives Joyce Beatty and Steve Stivers are political opposites but good friends and colleagues with a civil and respectful relationship. They have enlisted 10 other members of Congress -Democrats and Republicans – to join them as founding members of a Congressional Civility Caucus.

To join the caucus, members must be willing to commit to spreading a message of civility back in their districts, especially in schools.

“So if children go home and say to parents, ‘that wasn’t funny and that wasn’t civil’ whether its a commercial, whether its something the president of the United States says – it will keep it in the forefront,” Beatty said.

Stivers, a Republican, says the lack of civility extends well beyond the name-calling tweets from President Trump.

“I don’t pretend we’re going to change anybody if they don’t want to change. But there are 300 million Americans and this isn’t about one American. it’s about 300 million Americans and we all can set examples for our kids, and we should,” Stivers said.