What type of organization is No Labels?
No Labels is a 501(c)(4) social welfare advocacy organization dedicated to activating citizens, organizing leaders around a new politics of problem solving. Specifically, No Labels is working to build a durable bipartisan bloc in Congress. No Labels took a big step toward achieving this goal when we inspired the creation of the House Problem Solvers Caucus in 2017.
Why the name No Labels?
We understand there are real philosophical differences between Democrats, Republicans and independents. And we don’t expect our leaders or No Labels supporters to check their principles at the door.
But philosophy and principle have little to do with the dysfunction in Washington, D.C., where political games and pettiness increasingly drive the decision-making of our leaders.
Too often, it’s not the quality of a leader’s ideas that matters, but the label – Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative – that he or she wears.
You don’t need to shed your identity to join the No Labels movement. You can be a proud liberal, a proud conservative or a staunch independent. You just need to be open to the idea that people with different beliefs really can set aside the labels and come together to make our government, and our country, work again.
What issues are focused on?
Relying on input from citizens across the country, No Labels developed a National Strategic Agenda focused on four goals for the country:
- Create 25 million jobs over the next 10 years
- Secure Medicare and Social Security for the next 75 years
- Balance the federal budget by 2030
- Make American energy secure by 2024
In the 114th Congress, over 80 members of Congress signed onto congressional resolutions (H.Res. 207 and S. 199) endorsed these four goals. In 2016, No Labels also released its Policy Playbook for America’s Next President, which included 60 specific policy ideas that could move the country closer to these four goals.
No Labels also works to opportunistically influence the policy debate whenever we see opportunity to advance bipartisan policy issues in Washington. For example, we strongly advocated bipartisan health care reform in the wake of the Problem Solvers Caucus releasing their health care plan in 2017.
What evidence can you point to that shows you are succeeding/making progress toward your goals?
Two policy ideas that were first proposed by No Labels—No Budget, No Pay and Healthcare for Heroes—have already been signed into law. No Labels also got over 80 members of Congress to sign onto congressional resolutions (H.Res. 207 and S. 199) endorsing the four goals in our National Strategic Agenda.
In early 2017, No Labels inspired the creation of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, which includes over 40 members of Congress, evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.
On July 31, Caucus members proved they are serious about operating as a unified bipartisan bloc, when they announced an ambitious fix to reduce insurance premiums and shore up health care markets across the country.
The Problem Solvers Health Care fix represents the first, and ONLY, bipartisan health care plan offered in the current Congress. In fact, it is likely the single most substantive bipartisan agreement of any kind that Washington has seen in years.
What is the relationship (if any) between No Labels and the Problem Solvers Caucus?
No Labels inspired the creation of the Problem Solvers Caucus and spent many years building the trust and relationships on Capitol Hill that made the creation of the Caucus possible. But the Problem Solvers Caucus is now an independent member-driven Caucus with no formal affiliation with No Labels.
No Labels and its citizen supporters continue to be vigorous advocates for the bold bipartisan leaders found in the Caucus and elsewhere on Capitol Hill.
What is the single most important thing citizens can do to help No Labels achieve its goals?
- If your member of Congress is a current member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, contact them and let them know how much it matters to you that they are a part of this group and showing bold, bipartisan leadership.
- If your member of Congress is not a current member of the Caucus, contact them and encourage them to join.
How are you financed? Does the source of financing demand that you advocate for or against certain policies?
No Labels has donors from across the country, some big, some small. We don’t reveal their names for a simple reason: We want the focus squarely on the issues that matter and the need for our next president and Congress to embrace a new National Strategic Agenda for America. The four goals of the National Strategic Agenda were decided with direct input from the American people, who were asked to identify their priorities in a number of national polls. That’s who is setting the direction for No Labels.
Partisanship has deeply divided politics at the state level. Why do you work only on the Federal level? Do you ever plan to set up operations to address state-level dysfunction?
One battle at a time. While we are always turning up new talent and leadership working at the state level, for now we are focused on getting DC back to work.