Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
Our government is in dire need of fixing -- and as the saying goes, there’s no time like the present.
It’s easy to say the problem that needs to be addressed is the gridlock plaguing Congress. However, as Peter Baker of The New York Times suggests, “Often lost in that conversation is the possibility that the presidency itself may need fixing.”
When President Obama was appointing his administration back in early 2009, frustration reared its ugly head. Appointments were delayed in the Senate due to hyper-partisan division and legislative tactics. This left high-level, time-sensitive positions vacant after Obama took office, stalling policy advancements and executive actions, sometimes for months.
This isn’t a Democratic or Republican problem. President Bush faced delays to his national security appointments, leaving our nation with empty positions nine months into his term on September 11, 2001. That’s why we proposed a reform to streamline the executive appointment process -- and Congress passed the “Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011,” which will “trim the number of midlevel posts requiring confirmation” -- 170 posts to be exact. This gives the president a stepping stone to get to work immediately after he’s sworn into office.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, after the bill was passed, said, “This bipartisan legislation represents the Senate at its best. A problem was identified, and Democrats and Republicans worked together to craft a solution.”
No Labels stands by this ideal. As Dan Schnur states in The New York Times, “What these reforms do is make it easier for elected officials who are serious about solving problems to do so.” Click here to read more from The New York Times.