Saturday Editorial: New Members Of Congress Take a Pledge Of Civility

Saturday Editorial: New members of Congress take a pledge of civility

Jacksonville’s two new congressmen have joined a project to foster civil discourse.

Both Rep. John Rutherford, Republican, and Rep. Al Lawson, Democrat, signed a “Commitment to Civility” proposed by the National Institute for Civil Discourse. In fact, nine of Florida’s 11 freshmen members signed it.
“We are dedicated to showing proper respect to one another and all others, encouraging productive dialogue and modeling civility in our public and private actions,” the pledge states. The freshmen members of Congress will consider their political rivals as colleagues and fellow Americans, not as enemies.
They were among 46 new members in Congress — 28 Republicans …

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