Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
No Labels is high-fiving Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) for their work on the American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act, a bipartisan jobs plan which merges aspects from both parties’ jobs plans and the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness’ recommendations. By putting everything on the table, the senators have been able to develop substantive, bipartisan solutions.
The AGREE Act would reduce stress on small businesses, encourage domestic job creation and provide veterans with a tax credit. Steve Case, a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, said the AGREE Act is a step toward improving the environment for entrepreneurs to start new firms and expand existing ones.
Coons and Rubio are currently building support for this bipartisan act and pushing it to a vote. More lawmakers need to follow Coons & Rubio’s example and give the American public confidence that Congress can actually lead on the key issue of job creation.
High-Fiving Howard Schultz
No Labels is high-fiving Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, congratulating him for being named the 2011 FORTUNE “Business Person of the Year.” In September, Schultz hosted a town hall with No Labels Co-Founders Lisa Borders, John Avlon, Robert S. Kaplan, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Maya MacGuineas and more than 100,000 citizens. He talked about how to get America working again.
“[Schultz’s] dynamic union of the public and the private has made [him] a signal American CEO -- all the more so when government seems so bereft of effective leadership,” FORTUNE contributor David A. Kaplan says.
More business leaders need to let their voices be heard. America needs leadership, and as the public sector falters, the private sector must step up to the plate.
High-Fiving John Carney
No Labels is high-fiving Rep. John Carney (D-DE) for bridging the partisan divide. Carney has taken first steps toward creating a Congress of Compromise by forming a bipartisan group of 14 congressmen who meet regularly for breakfast. The group discusses policy issues and although they have sometimes have different opinions, they focus on their similarities.
As Carney said, “We can disagree on the issues, but we must agree that progress is more important than politics and partisanship. Although lawmakers have different political philosophies, we members of Congress must always remember that we are all Americans first. It’s time to step up and work together.”
We commend Carney, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH), and the other members of this breakfast club for working toward bipartisan solutions to problems such as long-term job growth, short-term economic recovery and housing. Creating bipartisan conversation is the first step needed to move America forward.
High-Fiving Al Franken and Mike Johanns
No Labels is high-fiving Al Franken (D-MN) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) for trying to spread holiday joy among senators. By organizing a “Secret Santa” gift exchange, the senators hope to promote camaraderie.
The swapping of gifts will take place after the Thanksgiving recess. All gifts are limited to $10. This small, light-hearted action helps to move the Senate in the direction of bipartisanship.