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Rep. Zeldin Delivers House Floor Speech on “Campaign for Decency” Launched in NY-1

September 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to bring awareness to the “Campaign for Decency,” which was launched by Lisa Cholnoky, a part time resident of the First Congressional District of New York. This morning, prior to the speech, Congressman Zeldin met with Ms. Cholnoky in the Capitol. The Congressman  is pictured  above with Lisa, both wearing their “Decency” buttons, on the Speaker’s Balcony, which overlooks the National Mall, and in front of the President Abraham Lincoln statue in the Capitol. Ms. Cholnoky was able to watch from the House gallery as the Congressman gave his speech live from the House floor. You can view Congressman Zeldin’s floor speech here, or by clicking the video below. A transcript of the speech is below. 


“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to bring awareness to the ‘Campaign for Decency,’ which was launched by Lisa Cholnoky, a part time resident of my district. 

Operating out of the First Congressional District of New York, in Shelter Island, the Campaign for Decency is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to bring civility back to our nation.

Ms. Cholnoky was inspired to launch this campaign after witnessing much of the bitter division in our country, and the inability of many Americans to engage in civil, productive discussion.

As Americans, we cherish our freedom to dissent, but must always bear in mind that these debates should be productive and substantive.

In July 2017, Ms. Cholnoky mailed out 535 Decency buttons to every single Representative and Senator.

She describes the campaign as ‘a simple reminder of the basic standard of decency that every American deserves, regardless of their political views.’

I am proudly wearing this button here today to join in Ms. Cholnoky’s call for unity both here in Congress, and together as citizens of the greatest country on Earth.

This campaign sets an example for us all to abide by, as we strive to reach across the aisle in a bipartisan fashion.

Thank you Mr. Speaker, I yield back."