WASHINGTON, DC – With tension between Democrats and Republicans at an all-time-high, Congressman Jared Moskowitz (D-Florida) has launched a new initiative that will bring both parties together. Starting this week, Moskowitz announced he will host a weekly bipartisan lunch with a Republican Member of Congress to foster bipartisan relationships and good will between the two parties.
Moskowitz is committed to finding common ground policies that he and his colleagues can work on to help the American people and return a sense of normalcy to government. As a member of Congress who has worked across the aisle his entire career, Moskowitz is committed to doing what the rest of Americans do in their day-to-day life – eat with people they disagree with and learn what they may have in common.
“I’m always trying to find common ground,” said Moskowitz. “The American people didn’t send us here to bicker just to increase our twitter following – they sent us to D.C. to produce solutions to their problems. We don’t have to agree. But if we can find common ground that’s good progress. We must show the American people that you can adamantly disagree with your neighbor and still act normal.”
How it will work: Once a week, Moskowitz will reach-out to a Republican colleague of his and invite them to lunch. Moskowitz will then allow his colleague to pick the location – from the Steak & Shake in Rayburn to Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Moskowitz is prepared to eat at any location. Moskowitz will also pay for the lunch– that’s how willing he is to make this initiative work. Through this initiative, Moskowitz will show that Members of Congress can disagree but still spend time together to find common ground.
First Lunch: For Moskowitz’s first lunch, he took Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna to Talay Thai.
“I met Rep. Moskowitz at a bipartisan orientation at the Harvard Kennedy school. It is no secret that though we are Representatives from Florida we have different outlooks on policy, disagreeing on most things in Congress; however, that doesn’t mean we can’t have lunch to discuss certain issues important to our freedom-loving state and come up with solutions,” said Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna.