Who We Are

These days, fighting and gridlock, even government shutdowns, have become the norm in American politics. With the country deeply divided and the parties evenly balanced, we’re stuck in a cycle of constant political battles that get us nowhere. Instead of engaging in serious discussions about how to grow our economy, create jobs, reduce the deficit and tackle the difficult challenges we face, our elected officials are often more concerned with scoring political points. Meanwhile, our global competitors are moving ahead and prospering with coordinated national strategies.

With this backdrop, No Labels believes the time has come for a new governing process in America that will finally replace the culture of conflict and division with a politics of problem solving and consensus building.

This new governing process is built around the concept of a national strategic agenda -- a shared vision for this country based on achievable goals that both sides of the political divide develop together and agree on. The concept is simple: We believe we can only move forward as a nation if we first agree on where we need to go.

As a starting point, No Labels put forth several broad goals in early 2014 that, according to our polling, are priorities for many Americans. These goals, outlined in our first e-book, No Labels: A Shared Vision for a Stronger America, are:

  • Grow 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years
  • Secure Medicare and Social Security for another 75 years
  • Balance the federal budget by 2030
  • Make America energy secure by 2024

In the next year, No Labels is convening meetings across the country with members of Congress, state and local government; business and nonprofit leaders; and citizens, to forge agreement on the principles, policies and legislative mechanisms that will enable America to meet these goals.

By the fall of 2015, the National Strategic Agenda will be a fully developed agenda that No Labels will work to make a central point of discussion during the 2016 presidential campaign.

As of July 2014, 83 members of Congress had signed onto this new governing process and the number continues to grow. No Labels takes its cue from other moments in our history when our leaders, however divided, accomplished much by working toward the same goals. For instance, President Clinton and House Speaker Gingrich didn’t agree on many things in the mid-’90s. But once they both agreed to the goal of balancing the federal budget, it happened.

At No Labels, we’ve spent the last three years building the infrastructure for bringing Democrats and Republicans together for this kind of discussion, debate and consensus building. We have the only forum for regular cross-party meetings and problem solving on Capitol Hill. We’ve also gained the support of half a million citizens across the country, who are hungering for more constructive action from our leaders.

We have a proven track record of bipartisan successes. In July 2013, No Labels unveiled a package of legislative initiatives, all of which were introduced with bipartisan support. Among these common-sense bills are:

  • A version of No Budget, No Pay was signed into law by President Obama in early 2013.
  • The 21st Century Health Care for Heroes Act was signed into law in December 2013 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • Take the Time, Save the Dime, a biennial budget bill, passed through committee in February 2014.
  • Wasted Energy, Wasted Dollars, a bill to make federal buildings more energy efficient, passed through committee in May 2014.

As we turn our attention to a national strategic agenda, we’re as committed as ever to the politics of problem solving. The culture of gridlock and inaction is unacceptable if we want to prosper as a nation and maintain our competitiveness in the world. Please join us to make this moment ours and make the politics of problem solving a reality.

Problem Solvers

  • Andy Barr
  • John Barrow
  • Mark Begich
  • Ami  Bera
  • Sanford Bishop
  • Diane Black
  • Bruce Braley
  • Julia Brownley
  • Larry Bucshon
  • Cheri Bustos
  • Tony Cardenas
  • Robert P. Casey, Jr.
  • Joaquin Castro
  • David  Cicilline
  • Mike Coffman
  • Paul Cook
  • Jim Cooper
  • Jim Costa
  • Rodney Davis
  • John Delaney
  • Jeff Denham
  • Charlie Dent
  • Sean Duffy
  • Elizabeth Esty

From the Blog

  • July 26, 2014
    No Labels
    No Labels Co-Founder Bob Franken and No Labels New Hampshire State Director Steve Marchand discuss New Hampshire politics and speak with Roll Call's Matt Fuller about the ongoing border crisis.
  • July 19, 2014
    No Labels
    Sen. Evan Bayh and former Congressman Tom McMillen speak with Yoav Fromer of Tel Aviv University about the crisis in the Middle East and Kevin Diaz of the Houston Chronicle about the border crisis.

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