Congress in need of No Labels’ ‘problem solvers’

Do you know what “No Budget, No Pay” is? It is just that: Congressional salaries would be held until a federal budget is passed or they get to the end of the year.

“No Budget, No Pay” is brought to you by No Labels, a nonpartisan citizens organization focused on “promoting a new politics of problem solving.”

It is one of 12 No Labels initiatives under the new chairmanship of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The group has evolved to become a driving force in Congress to get things done.

No Labels does not expect our representatives to waiver from partisan beliefs, but if they are hired for a job, they need to get the work done.

The massive shift of money and ideas in Washington has created a virtual wasteland, mostly devoid of compromise and common-sense solutions to our problems. Working with the other party risks re-election.

So No Labels is creating a safe zone – “In the Aisle” – where lawmakers can work together to solve our problems. Those with the courage to make that trek are the No Labels “problem solvers.”

Our generation is responsible for the state of politics, crushing national debt and the declining value we receive from our annual investment in government.

So the choice is ours. We can continue our downward spiral, driven by national apathy and partisanship, or we can get step up to our civic responsibility and do what is needed to restore economic health to our nation.

One way to do that is to get involved with No Labels. Go to and read up on its initiatives. They are focused on creating an environment that enables our representatives to break free of gridlock and start delivering compromise-based results to the American people.

How long it takes New Hampshire to have four of its own “problem solvers” is up to you. It has been nearly two months since No Labels held its “Meeting to Make America Work!” in New York City; how many more weeks will it take you to get the message through to our congressional delegation that we expect them to work to solve our problems? This is a real chance to stop complaining and to actively help move things forward, so what are you going to do?

The faster the number of No Labels “problem solvers” in Congress grows – they now number 27 Democrats, 22 Republicans and one independent – the sooner we will start to see our national conditions improve.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to get familiar with the No Labels initiatives and then do whatever is necessary to get our congressional delegation to be active and successful No Labels “problem solvers.”


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