Common Ground Committee shines a light on action taken by members of the House of Representatives to improve our polarized environment
Wilton CT, Monday, March 14, 2022. Common Ground Committee, Inc (CGC), a nonpartisan, citizen-led organization devoted to healing polarization and improving public discourse in politics, today celebrates the lawmakers making a concerted effort to work across the aisle. This includes members of bipartisan caucuses such as the Problem Solvers Caucus, and the nine Republican and nine Democratic members of the House of Representatives who put forward the Building Civic Bridges Act. This bill, if passed, will support community initiatives that build relationships among Americans and bridge divisions.
Recent polling by Fox News shows that 78% of Americans are very or extremely concerned about political divisions within the country. CGC is encouraged that lawmakers are not only recognizing the need to work together, as members of the Problem Solvers caucus do, but also investing in reducing polarization in communities across America.
“Partisanship makes it difficult to find solutions to the very real issues facing our nation,” said Bruce Bond, co-founder and CEO of Common Ground Committee. “By celebrating these lawmakers who are leading the way, we hope to encourage officials and other high-profile folks to move towards a more collaborative culture. Working together produces results which are better and more long-lasting than any single party could achieve alone.”
CGC has hosted some of these officials on episodes of their “Let’s Find Common Ground” podcast series and has produced a short video showcasing common ground being found between Representatives Derek Kilmer (D, WA-6) and William Timmons (R, SC-4) — respectively author and co-sponsor of the Building Civic Bridges Act — Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D, VA-7) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-1), and Representatives Don Bacon (R, NE-2) and Kurt Schrader (D, OR-5) four members of the problem solvers caucus.
CGC encourages Americans to reinforce these kinds of efforts by officials. Supporting change looks like sending emails or letters of gratitude and voting for common grounders. CGC also looks forward to seeing and highlighting more officials joining the groundswell of action in Congress.
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About Common Ground Committee
Common Ground Committee (CGC) (commongroundcommittee.org) is a nonpartisan, citizen-led organization that inspires action on polarizing issues by bringing prominent leaders with opposing views together in public forums to find common ground. Since its founding in 2009, CGC has held 14 public forums featuring panelists who have reached over 200 points of consensus. Panelists have included such notables as David Petraeus, Susan Rice, John Kerry, Condoleezza Rice, Michael Steele, Donna Brazile and Larry Kudlow, exploring issues ranging from race and income inequality to foreign policy. CGC produces the “Let’s Find Common Ground” podcast series, which has had over 100 thousand downloads. CGC also created the Common Ground Scorecard, a voting tool that scores politicians and candidates for public office on their likelihood to find common ground with the opposite party. Free of political agenda and financial influence, CGC has a singular focus on bringing light, not heat, to public discourse.