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Make Congress Work! Hearing Live Blog

Make Congress Work! Hearing Live Blog

Click here to watch a photo slideshow of the hearing on Flickr.

Click here to watch a recording of the hearing on the committee's website.

11:47 p.m. The end of the hearing - Thanks to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and all those who testified for attending a hearing on our Make Congress Work! action plan. We started a lot of good conversations today, all geared toward moving this country forward. Let's keep these talks going and help fix America's government.

11:27 a.m.  There's nothing wrong with Washington that we can't fix, Sen. Pryor says. In Arkansas, a number of approaches are yielding results, he says.

11:17 a.m. Fix it! - Gridlock in Congress is disgusting at times, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) says. The nominations process is broken, and Brown said he is listening to proposals on how to fix it.

10:54 a.m. No Labels is in the house - "They're worried but not angry, disappointed but hopeful. They're not from Washington and they're here to help," No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston says of members of our movement. Yes we are!

10:47 a.m. Change the rules - The No Labels filibuster fix is simply "Show up," former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) says. He also introduced No Labels' reform to have a nonpartisan official give an annual fiscal report to Congress to set a groundwork that would ensure Republicans, Democrats and Independents were working off the same facts. In addition, Davis introduced our up or down vote in 90 days reform.

10:45 a.m. Running out of excuses - "I'm confident that in this election year many of our colleagues will see that our choices are reform or defeat. And I think that they will choose reform," Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) says.

10:30 a.m. No Budget, No Pay is popular - In Nevada, Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) said 84 percent of people polled in Nevada supported the idea of No Budget, No Pay. In our nation-wide poll, 88 percent of people supported it. America's behind the bill, is Congress?

10:15 a.m. - "As Americans tighten their belts in these troubling times, they have less tolerance for a profligate and partisan Congress," Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) says.

10:00 a.m. Who showed up?

  • Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
  • Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)
  • Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
  • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

In addition Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) testified on the first panel and No Labels Co-Founders Bill Galston, Rep. Tom Davis and Don Wolfensberger of the Bipartisan Policy Center testified on the second panel.

Related Posts

  • June 28, 2012
    No Labels Press
    This week Rep. Marsha Blackburn became a co-sponsor of the No Labels-backed No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 3643/S. 1981), which will suspend pay for members of Congress if they fail to pass a concurrent budget resolution and all 12 annual spending bills on time.
  • March 22, 2012
    Collin Berglund
    "Democrats are in danger of taking independent voters for granted, says Third Way, the centrist Democratic think tank. To that end, the group has a new report that looks at independent voters and concludes that they are, in fact, independent. That’s a contrast to the argument of some analysts who say most independents are really Democrats or Republicans in disguise. Some 40% of voters will say they are independents, but some analysts say most of them are actually firmly in one camp or the other. This report argues that while many independents will say they lean Democratic or Republican, they are actually persuadable and open to either party."
  • November 14, 2012
     
    No Labels Co-Founder Ted Buerger talks about Make Congress Work! and working across the aisle in the next 60 days.

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