Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
Yellow Flagging AARP
No Labels is throwing a yellow flag at the American Association of Retired Persons, the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care and other interest groups that are demanding that the Super Committee take their sacred cows off the table in deficit reduction talks. In its television ad that lobbies members of the Super Committee to protect Social Security and Medicare, AARP said its 50 million members were not push overs and that they would remember the panel’s actions on Election Day.
The Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care is airing a television spot featuring a woman tending to her elderly father in a hospital. In the ad, she says, "When I heard Congress was considering cutting Medicare funding for hospitals, I was really frightened.”
The Super Committee is tasked with reducing the budget by at least $1.2 trillion. If every group says their program is untouchable, no deal can be reached. Individual interests cannot be put ahead of the entire country. Everything must be on the table to get a deal done.
High-Fiving Friends in Congress
No Labels is high-fiving Reps. Marlin Stutzman (D-IA) and Bruce Braley (R-IN) for their friendship and willingness to work across the aisle to find solutions to America’s problems.
“He’s a Republican; I’m a Democrat,” said Braley. “When I found out I was going to have the honor of working with him on this committee, the first thing I said to him is, ‘What can I do to help you be successful?’”
“He and I both have an understanding that the challenges we face as Americans aren’t Republican problems or Democrat problems – they’re American problems,” Stuzman said.
America needs more lawmakers like this, who are able to see past party labels and work for the good of the country.