Current Legislation

Current Legislation

House Congressional Resolution Calling for a National Strategic Agenda

No Labels is working with allies in Congress to introduce resolutions before the House and the Senate calling on lawmakers of both parties to make goal-setting a primary component of the way that each chamber does business.

In the House, Problem Solver Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ami Bera (D-CA) introduced H.Res.207, and the resolution has been introduced in the Senate as well.

The resolutions further stipulate that each body commit itself to pursuing the Four Goals, and to do so in a spirit of cooperation that puts the needs of the nation before loyalty to a party.

If passed, these resolutions would represent the first time the Congress has committed to a specific methodology for solving the nation’s problems.

Make Government Work!

Legislative Package

No Budget, No Pay

(Bill numbers H.R. 187 and S.39.)

No Budget, No Pay suspends member pay if Congress fails to pass annual budget and spending bills on time. The idea for No Budget, No Pay was first introduced by No Labels in its Make Congress Work! reform package in December 2011.

Take the Time, Save the Dime

(Bill numbers H.R.1610 and S.150.)

Take the Time, Save the Dime proposes a radical alteration to the congressional budgeting process. Under this proposal, Congress would be required to complete its budget and spending bills in the first year of each session, and conduct an oversight and review process in the second year.

The longer cycle would provide greater budget stability by giving members more time for planning – and eliminating uncertainty by giving federal agencies the ability to look at their budget for future years.

The second year “oversight and review process” would allow Congress to seriously evaluate whether federal programs are being run effectively and using their funds responsibly.

Don't Duplicate, Consolidate

(Bill numbers H.R.484 and S.236.)

The Government Accountability Office identified more than 162 examples of government duplication or other inefficiencies – and that’s just in 2013.

Every year, the GAO releases a report outlining what agencies are “high risk” for inefficiency, but Congress and the executive branch only deal with a few of these instances per year.

Buy Smarter and Save

(Bill numbers H.R.1760.)

While many families cut costs on groceries and other supplies by buying in bulk at a store like Costco or Sam’s Club, the federal government largely hasn’t embraced bulk buying. Instead, each agency – and even divisions within agencies – frequently does their own purchasing.

This leads to major waste of taxpayer money. One agency might get pens for 12 cents each, while another could be paying 20 cents each. It just doesn’t make sense – the federal government should be buying everything at the best price possible.

Under our legislation, strategic sourcing officers can compile all the needs for their departments and leverage their substantial purchasing power to get the best deal, saving upwards of $10 billion annually.

No Adding, No Padding

(Bill numbers H.R.2341.)

Right now, many agencies receive automatic inflation-adjusted increases to their yearly budgets – whether they need them or not. Naturally, some agencies need more money every year, even more than the rate of inflation. But many don’t. This legislation would require agencies to carefully review how they’re spending their money, and then justify their annual increases.

Wasted Energy, Wasted Dollars

(Bill numbers H.R.1629 and S.858.)

President Obama has called for a doubling of national energy efficiency by 2030. But there is a significant opportunity to accelerate the pace of energy efficiency improvements, especially in the area of government buildings, where the federal government owns and operates nearly three billion square feet of building space.

If enacted, this proposal would grant private companies the opportunity to implement energy-saving strategies and technologies across the Federal government’s vast holdings. And if the changes put in place by these contractors don’t yield energy savings, the contractors don’t get paid.