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.
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.
No Labels is engaged in a full-court press to support bipartisan problem solvers whenever and however we can. The single most important component of our effort is the engagement and mobilizations of our citizen members across America.
Most days, members of Congress are inundated with calls and emails from the angriest and most intransigent voices back home, almost always telling them to say “no” to something. We must help these members understand that there is a numerically larger and equally passionate group of citizens who will show up at town halls, call and write congressional offices and support members who are willing to reach across the aisle. We need you to send a simple and compelling message to our leaders in Washington.
You need to Govern or Go Home!
Relying on input from citizens across the country, No Labels developed a National Strategic Agenda focused on four goals for the country:
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.
No Labels does not have a position on these issues. Though these issues are very important, they are often used as wedge issues to divide rather than unite the country. No Labels focuses its attention on issues where there is more potential for agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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.