After Shooting, Maloney Releases Video Calling for Unity & Bipartisanship
Washington – One day after a gunman opened fire at the Congressional Baseball practice, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released a video asking folks to treat each other with compassion and respect in the face of disagreements over policy or politics. He reiterated that Americans should remain passionate but never engage in violence. He also squashed the notion that bipartisanship is dead in Washington when he spoke about his relationships with Republicans and their families, and his record of working across the aisle to get things done for his constituents. A full transcript of his remarks are below:
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“I just wanted to touch base with all of you in the wake of yesterday's violence and tragic events. You know sometimes I get some grief for being bipartisan and for working across the aisle, but it's because I believe it's so important that we work together to get things done, and nothing happens without talking to people you disagree with.
“In this business, the rhetoric gets hot and the passions run high and that's normal, and it's even good, but that's very different than engaging in violence. And so it's just a reminder to all of us that we need to be careful about the way we speak and the way we interact with each other.
“And it has to start with respect for other people, and I hope that I’ve demonstrated that in my time in Congress. I want you to know that I'm recommitting myself to doing that. I'm going to be attending the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game tonight, which should be a terrific opportunity to come together, and I've worked from day one to work across the aisle. It's how we’ve passed 25 bills in the minority – it’s by working with Republicans on things that we can agree on like Lyme disease, or helping our veterans, or getting a better deal for our farmers, or infrastructure and making our trains safer. This is where progress exists – it’s in bipartisanship.
“And while I'm going to be passionate about things that I care about - particularly things I’m against right now like this terrible health care bill, and these other things that the Trump Administration has started to do. I want you to know I'm going to keep working across the aisle, and people should know that on a personal level members of Congress do get along. I've got many friends across the aisle. We workout together at the gym, we see each other socially, and we know each other’s families. It’s better than you think hearing the stuff on TV or maybe looking at the e-mails that go around or some of the political rhetoric, but it doesn't absolve us of the responsibility to really come together, especially now.
“And remember we are Americans first, so I hope you'll all help me with that and take that to heart, and I'll keep working down here to get things done. Thank you.”