Amidst the noise, the posturing and the bitter partisanship, one hopeful sign has begun to emerge in Washington, D.C.
Pledging a new attitude about meeting our nation’s challenges, No Labels formed in 2010 with goals of mobilizing Americans, building trust across the political divide and encouraging bipartisan cooperation in our nation’s capital. To date, more than 80 members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats who call themselves The Problem Solvers, have joined the cause and meet regularly on Capitol Hill. No Labels hopes to expand its numbers to more than 100 (or nearly one-fifth the membership of Congress) by the end of this year.
Last month, No Labels released Make Government Work, a package of proposed federal government reforms related to budgeting, duplication, consolidation, merging records, purchasing, and reducing costs, including travel and energy costs. In particular, we like this one: If Congress cannot pass a budget and all annual spending bills on time, members should not get paid.
We understand these reforms alone will not cure all of America’s fiscal problems or erase all of the problems related to Washington’s political divisions, but it’s a start and it’s a refreshing step in the right direction.