Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
Washington is in dire need of reform -- and today No Labels will begin its effort to provide solutions to problems in American government.
No Labels is rolling out a series of congressional reforms over the next two weeks. It will include things like putting the House of Representatives and the Senate in session for three weeks a month and out for one week. This would cut down on transportation of elected officials to and from Washington and synchronize the House of Representatives and Senate schedules, allowing for more collaboration.
Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing one reform a day for your feedback and comments.
We intend to propose real governance reforms that our elected officials can easily vote upon and implement within 24 hours.
After getting your feedback, on December 13 we will officially announce our package of rule reforms. So starting today, we hope you will help us identify the best solutions that the No Labels community can support in 2012 and insist our leaders implement without delay.
America needs action now. Twice in the past three months Americans have counted down to a potential government shutdown. In August, S&P downgraded our long-term credit rating based on skepticism over Washington’s ability to put our fiscal house in order. It's no wonder only 9 percent of Americans have confidence in Congress to do the people's business.
America’s rising debt is accompanied by a deficit of leadership. Elected officials in Washington understand that government has serious problems, but they are unable to find solutions. Bill after bill is halted by hyper-partisan gridlock, weighed down by meaningless amendments and doomed to never being rationally debated, let alone passed.
When leadership fails, it’s time for “we the people” to step up. So let’s show our leaders that the left and right don’t have a monopoly on solutions. Let’s show them America’s citizens have answers too.