Cicilline and Hayworth Launch Congressional Common Ground Caucus
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI) and Nan Hayworth, MD (R-NY) launched the Common Ground Caucus at an event on Capitol Hill Monday evening.
The new caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress committed to building relationships with members from across the aisle. Its mission is to encourage respectful interactions, both professional and personal, among Members of Congress regardless of their party affiliation. In keeping with this mission, Members must recruit a Member from across the aisle to accompany them in order to join the Caucus.
“Rhode Islanders, and Americans across the country expect action by Congress and the only way that can happen is by working together,” said Cicilline. “By working with colleagues from across the aisle, we can create a more bipartisan institution that allows us to get more done for those we represent and to be more effective in solving the great challenges of our time. We may have very different views, but still must find a way to work together for the sake of our country. The Common Ground Caucus is a place to cultivate relationships off the floor and out of the committee room.”
“Last night's Common Ground Caucus kick-off was great fun. Any time we’re talking with each other as friends, it’s good for the body of the Congress as a whole," Hayworth stated. "Bringing together Members with divergent political views to share congenial conversation will improve the atmosphere in which we work, to better serve our constituents and the nation.”
The Common Ground Caucus expects to meet for a variety of activities in the coming months, including dinner, a bowling night and DC sports events.