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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.

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