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.

At No Labels we believe the root of so much of the anger in our politics is simple: Year after year, our leaders have failed to work together to solve the problems that matter to us and to secure the freedoms and opportunities granted to us in our Constitution.
This isn't just a nuisance to most Americans. It’s an outrage. America is mired in a pandemic that threatens our lives and livelihoods. We have veterans who can’t get good health care and children stuck in failing schools. We are racking up debts our kids and grandkids will never be able to repay. We have adversaries like China and Russia working every day to make America weaker abroad and to sow divisions at home.
It's time for Americans to finally push back against the carnival barkers on both sides and lift up the pragmatic leaders willing to put country before party and do what it takes to deliver for the American people.

OUR THEORY
OF CHANGE

Building a
Third Force

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 founders of No Labels felt a duty to bring our great country back together and to create the space where leaders of good faith on both sides could come together to tackle our common challenges. We started out with a very specific diagnosis of what is wrong with our politics:

So we began a rag-tag band of true believers preaching a new gospel of change and we brought that gospel to Capitol Hill, with the goal of building not a third party, but a third bloc in American politics of pragmatic leaders from across the political spectrum.
But as we went door-to-door, office-to-office, many members scoffed. Their own leaders controlled all the perks and paths to power. Committee assignments. Opportunities to speak. Access to campaign fundraising and more.
But a select few members on both sides of the aisle understood what No Labels was getting at. They hadn’t worked so hard to get elected simply to carry water for their party—they wanted to make a difference.
And they understood that the only way to make sustainable change was to begin working with the other side across the aisle. Eventually, with our encouragement, they formed in 2017 what’s now called the Problem Solvers Caucus.
The seeds for No Labels third bloc had been planted. And in 2021, that seed is poised to grow and to transform American politics.

WHAT SUCCESS
LOOKS LIKE IN D.C.

For No Labels, success means that Washington is once again capable of solving our critical challenges on a bipartisan basis.

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 most consequential and durable changes in America have happened when Democrats and Republicans sat down together and hashed out a deal.

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.

THE PROBLEM
SOLVERS
CAUCUS

The Problem Solvers Caucus features 56 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.
The Problem Solvers Caucus is fast becoming one of the most influential blocs on Capitol Hill.

THE PROBLEM
SOLVERS
CAUCUS

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.

The Problem Solvers Caucus is fast becoming one of the most influential blocs on Capitol Hill.

A Revolutionary
Idea: The Bicameral

When No Labels Founding Chairman Joe Lieberman was in the Senate, he would often join bipartisan “gangs” of senators—usually including his close friends Senators John McCain and Susan Collins—to break logjams on tough issues like judicial nominations and immigration. But in recent years, this bipartisan tradition—like so many others—fell by the wayside.

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).

Then, No Labels took it a step further. In early 2019, we hosted a meeting the likes of which no one had ever seen before.
We brought House Problem Solvers Caucus and Senate members—from both parties—together to talk about where they could find common ground. This “bicameral” meeting was so unusual in fact, that one of the senators remarked, “The House and Senate are 100 yards apart but we may as well be 100 miles apart given how little we talk to one another.”

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.

No Labels’ bicamerals have given birth to a bipartisan governing coalition positioned to become the most influential bloc in Washington in 2021 and beyond.

IDEAS

No Labels regularly releases reform proposals and books – often informed by in-depth public opinion research – to constructively shape the policy debate.

IDEAS

No Labels regularly releases reform proposals and books – often informed by in-depth public opinion research – to constructively shape the policy debate. This includes:

The Ultimate Guide to the 2020 Election

No Labels senior advisors Ryan Clancy and Margaret White present ideas for rescuing American democracy itself. Complete with sample questions for the 2020 presidential candidates and an inclusive Unity Agenda that addresses concerns on both sides of the aisle, this nonpartisan political handbook should be required reading for all US voters.

2016 Policy Playbook for America’s Next President

Beyond Redistricting and Campaign Finance: Six Bold Ideas to Rebuild our Democracy

The Speaker Project

Make Congress Work

Make Government Work

Make The Presidency Work

Make America Work

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