WHY NO LABELS?
There is no group in America doing what No Labels does. We've created a rebellious but constructive third force in American government that is finally poised to break the gridlock and dysfunction that is destroying our democracy.
For too many Americans, politics has become a battle of partisan and tribal identity, where compromise is a weakness and the only acceptable outcome is total destruction of the other side. We’re experiencing the kind of political violence and unrest we have not seen in over 50 years.
or too many Americans, politics has become a battle of partisan and tribal identity, where compromise is a weakness and the only acceptable outcome is total destruction of the other side. We’re experiencing the kind of political violence and unrest we have not seen in over 50 years.
In 2010, No Labels was born. It was the aftermath of the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression, a moment when America desperately needed our elected leaders to come together. Instead, they were drifting even further apart.
The U.S. Congress had become an imperial Congress, where the top party leaders in the House and Senate dictated the agenda, and often completely shut out committees and rank and file members from shaping legislation.
Party leaders often seemed more interested in “campaigning” on problems to maintain or get back their majority, than actually solving them.
Congressional party leaders depended on the most organized and partisan members (e.g. Freedom Caucus, Progressive Caucus) to stay in power.
Changing the status quo required a powerful bipartisan coalition of House and Senate members capable of working with leadership to pass legislation when they are willing and to challenge them and stake out a different bipartisan vision, when they are not.
If No Labels could facilitate the grassroots citizen and fundraising support necessary to help elect and elevate Problem Solvers in the House and the Senate, ultimately we can empower them to push back on the extremes and when necessary, their own leadership, and push forward bipartisan solutions to America’s toughest problems.
LOOKS LIKE IN D.C.
The two biggest pieces of legislation in the past decade—the 2010 Affordable Care Act and the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—were both passed on party-line votes. This has rarely happened in American history, because our elected leaders usually understood ramming through huge societal changes with little to no buy in from the minority party was a recipe for endless discord and division.
The debates were often tough and passions ran hot but in the end, America’s greatest leaders knew they were elected to do job: To pass laws and make changes that can make America just a little better tomorrow than it is today. Almost every landmark achievement in the 20th century passed this way.
Creation of Social Security
National Interstate and Defense Highways Act
Civil Rights Act
Creation of Medicare
Voting Rights Act
Creation of Environmental Protection Agency
Reform to Prevent Insolvency of Social Security
Comprehensive Tax Reform
Balanced Budget Act
The Problem Solvers Caucus features 58 U.S. House members—evenly divided between the parties—committed to forging cooperation on key issues. Although the creation of the Problem Solvers Caucus was inspired by No Labels, the group operates as an independent member-driven Caucus which sets its rules, standards and priorities.
Idea: The Bicameral
So much as we had in the House, No Labels began a focused effort to bring together a bipartisan group of senators. We now have a group of 8 Senate partners who are increasingly meeting and working with one another. The senators are: Joe Manchin (WV), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Jacky Rosen (NV), Angus King (ME), Susan Collins (ME), Bill Cassidy (LA), John Cornyn (TX), Todd Young (IN) and Lisa Murkowski (AK).
Fast forward to today, and No Labels’ bicamerals—which are now conducted monthly via ZOOM—have become much more than a meeting. They’ve become the place where an entirely new approach to governance is being born. A place where rank-and-file members, frustrated by the breakdown of regular order and the refusal of their own leaders to compromise, are taking the initiative to forge their own solutions. At the outset of 2021, House and Senate members have paired off into working groups on issues ranging from small business and immigration to healthcare and debt/deficits, with the aim of developing bipartisan proposals in much the same way they did with the landmark COVID-19 they passed at the end of December 2020.