Huntsman and No Labels seek to break D.C. gridlock

Top strategists launched the post-partisan No Labels group in 2010 to combat the polarization of politics. They added new co-chairmen, including former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, in January to renew the group’s efforts.

And Thursday, the group will unveil its now 81-person-strong coalition of members of Congress.

The No Labels website’s list of accomplishments includes the names of all its congressional supporters, dubbed “problem solvers,” as well as a slew of bipartisan bills they’ve introduced.

On Thursday, they’ll highlight nine measures — like cutting government travel, eliminating automatic spending increases and tossing out duplicate agency programs — and argue for more members of Congress to step up and pass legislation that most, if not all, folks can agree on.

“Washington has been riven by gridlock for a long time and this problem won’t be fixed overnight,” says Huntsman, a one-time Republican presidential candidate who shares the co-chairman title with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V. “But No Labels has tapped into a growing desire among citizens and among members of Congress to forge a new path forward.”

While most of the news about Congress lately is about its dysfunction, Huntsman notes that No Labels is bringing people together.

The group — which now has its own monthly radio show — hasn’t been a major player in some of the more controversial issues on Capitol Hill this year, including the debate over gun control or immigration reform. Its focus, for now, is on fiscal issues.


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