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Charlie Crist calls for national day of civility



WASHINGTON – A week after a gunman opened fire on a group of Republicans, Rep. Charlie Crist this morning called for the establishment of a national day of civility, saying “the need for action could not be more urgent.”

“As public officials I believe we have a responsibility to try to lead by example,” Crist said, joined at a news conference by two other freshmen representatives. 

Crist displayed a yellow wristband he is sending to every member of the House and Senate, which says: “Practice the GOLDEN RULE every day!"

“Words do matter,” Crist said. “How we treat each other does matter.”

The legislation calls for the day of civility to land on July 12, a reference to Matthew 7:12

“The great leaders of our country were great statesmen and they acted with great civility and we need to return to that principle,” said Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., who earlier this year organized freshmen members in signing a “commitment to civility.”

“We need to learn to disagree better,” added Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:01am]


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