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Congressman Roger Marshall

Representing the 1st District of Kansas

Marshall speaks on the importance of civility

February 15, 2017
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Roger Marshall spoke off-the-cuff on the House floor Tuesday, February 14, on the importance of civility and bipartisanship in the political process.

His remarks included:

I believe in iron sharping iron, and coming up with ideas together. I believe in defining problems together – to talk about the problem, and then to discuss solutions together. And the hope is that you and I, my friends across the aisle and down the aisle, together we can come up with better solutions for this country.

His full remarks are below (Click here for video):

"Thank you so much, Mr. Speaker.

I, too, am honored to be part of the 115th Congress. The freshman class, a group of people that want to work together. I think back to my campaign the last two years, and one of the most common concerns I had from people was, “Why can't people in congress get along? Why can't you respect each other?”

What I saw day after day was the Left and the Right yelling at each other and the press throwing fire – throwing gasoline on top of that fire.

I remember growing up, my dad had a saying: “If you don't have something good to say, then don't say it, and that’s something I’ve always taken to heart.”

I think back to my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Tyner. Her word for the entire year was respect. She taught us to respect ourselves and respect each other. That's what I’d like to bring to the 115th Congress – respect for each other, and for each other's points of views, and never question's someone’s intentions or motivations.

I believe in iron sharping iron, and coming up with ideas together. I believe in defining problems together – to talk about the problem, and then to discuss solutions together. And the hope is that you and I, my friends across the aisle and down the aisle, together we can come up with better solutions for this country.

I believe that national defense is not a Republican or a Democrat issue. I believe the economy is not a conservative or liberal issue. I think these are American issues that we need to fight to make better. I certainly don't think that healthcare is a Republican or a Democrat issue.

My pledge is to work with civility, to work with respect toward my colleagues across the aisle and down the aisle, and I look forward to truly making America a better place to live. Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I yield back."

 

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PRESS CONTACT: Eric Pahls, Press Secretary