Davis and Panetta Discuss Bipartisanship and Civility in Politics at 13th District High Schools
U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) discussed bipartisanship and civility in politics with students at three high schools in the 13th district. Davis was selected by the Association of Former Members of Congress as one of the leaders of the Congressional Study Group on American Democracy and Civics, which brings together both sides of the aisle with the common purpose of strengthening our democratic process through bipartisanship, civility and emphasizing the importance of civic knowledge.
"Bipartisanship and civility in politics are what make our government great," said Davis. "We can have differences in policy and ideas, but we can put our disagreements aside and come up with a good compromise that moves us forward. Rep. Panetta and I come from different states and different political parties, but we are friends and work together to do our jobs. I am glad he was able to visit my district and help show our next generation there is more bipartisanship in Washington than people might think."
"Many in my Congressional district are deeply dissatisfied with the dysfunction and division they see in Washington, D.C.," said Panetta. "Since taking office, I have worked with members on both sides of the aisle to serve the people and protect the values of the communities on the central coast of California and our country. Representative Davis is not only one of those members, he is a friend that I can rely on and trust. Though there are areas in which we have political disagreements, Rodney and I are able to find common ground to improve the lives of our constituents and create sound policy for the country. By finding compromise, we strengthen and further our friendship and our democracy."
“Reps. Davis and Panetta are members who are truly dedicated to making government work," said Sharon West Witiw, Director of Community Outreach for the Association of Former Members of Congress. "The Association of Former Members of Congress is proud to have Congressman Davis as one of the leaders of the Congressional Study Group on American Democracy and Civics to help restore civility in our public discourse.This tour through the 13th district, along with Congressman Jimmy Panetta, will show students that our government is more bipartisan than it sometimes seems.”
Davis and Panetta, who are from different political parties and different states, both serve on the House Agriculture Committee and together co-founded the Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus. Davis visited Panetta’s district in California last year to highlight ag research and the two have worked on ag research legislation together.
Both Davis and Panetta play in The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity and they were featured on “Opposites Attract” on ABC News Live in June 2017, where they discussed the importance of bipartisanship after the congressional baseball shooting.