Washington, D.C.– Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet today released the following statement:
“Wednesday morning’s senseless attack on our nation’s leaders will never be fully understood. However, we know that politically motivated violence is on the rise. While no single action can restore civility, we should all take steps to show respect and compassion toward those with whom we disagree.
It is time for our nation’s leaders to draw strength from their diversity and model the behavior that all Americans should follow.
“The dignified responses to Wednesday’s tragedy demonstrate Congress at its best. Our leaders should seize this moment to reaffirm the power of our shared values:
- Mix it up tonight. The Congressional Baseball Game is a wonderful tradition that must continue. Instead of red versus blue, however, tonight we should focus on the red, white, and blue. We support the idea circulating on social media to blend the teams, and we encourage families and fans attending the game to sit as one congressional and American family.
- Spend one day being completely positive. We challenge all members of Congress to take the Fourth of July to celebrate all that binds us together and refrain from any partisan or personal criticisms.
- Sign the civility pledge. All members of Congress should join the House freshman class in rising above the fray and committing to treat each other with respect and grace.
“We recognize that these three symbolic actions will not overcome the polarization and division that afflict our democracy, but symbols do matter. It is time for our nation’s leaders to draw strength from their diversity and model the behavior that all Americans should follow.”