Friends of No Labels
In January 2013, No Labels unveiled the “problem solvers:” a group of House and Senate members who have agreed to meet regularly to build trust across the aisle.
This group is unlike anything that has existed on Capitol Hill, where there is no forum for large groups of Democrats and Republicans to actually meet together to work through problems. Each party has its own weekly meetings, but there is no opportunity to hear from or reason with the other side. The “problem solvers” offers a new way forward.
There is no ideological litmus test to join the “problem solvers,” as we welcome those on the left, right and everything in between. But we do ask our “problem solvers” to embrace certain principles and codes of conduct to gain and maintain membership in the group.
1. Regularly Attend Group Meetings: The “problem solvers” group aims to meet 1-2 times a month. Though we understand that members can’t make every meeting, we ask for a good faith effort to make as many meetings as possible.
2. Embrace the Right Attitude: We want members who genuinely embrace the politics of problem solving. What does that mean exactly? It means a willingness to sit down with anyone – especially people from the other party – so long as they are willing to work with you to achieve shared success for America. And it means recognizing that having principled and deeply held political beliefs doesn’t require an all or nothing approach to governance. Especially with a divided government, our leaders simply must work together.
3. Be a Real Leader: No Labels believes that real political leadership consists of five key principles and we ask all of our “problem solvers” to strive to embody these ideals:
- Tell the American people the full truth about the challenges we are facing
- Govern for the future, not the next election
- Put the country first
- Be responsible and accountable
- Work together