Washington D.C. – On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of 46 freshman members of the 115th U.S. Congress—representing red and blue states from coast to coast—joined together to release a document entitled the “Commitment to Civility” and spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The document memorializes the members’ agreement to among other things, restore collegiality, trust and civility to the Congress, encourage productive dialogue, and work to build consensus and the public’s trust in America’s institutions.
Rep. Barragán, who serves as a President to the Freshman Class said:
“We just got off one of the ugliest elections in history, where it really felt as if civility disappeared. Today it sometimes still feels that way, which is why I think this is such an important effort.
“As Members of Congress, we need to set an example of statesmanship for younger generations of Americans to follow. We must remember, that every person should be respected.
It’s not that we need to agree on everything, or that we need to agree all the time, but we need to learn to disagree better.”
Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04), Rep. Barragán and 20 other leaders of the freshman class came together for a special order to speak on the House floor and present the “Commitment to Civility” for the Congressional Record.
Congresswoman Barragán represents California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the cities and communities of Carson, Compton, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts/Willowbrook, and Wilmington. Barragán serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Natural Resources. She serves as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Task Force for Environment, Public Lands and Water.