Letter to the Editor

Danbury News Times

We know Washington is broken. According to polls, approximately 90 percent of Americans agree that Congress isn't doing its job.

The problem with Congress is not the people. It's the outdated rules, procedures and traditions that govern the institution and make it impossible to get things done. Any rule changes will require a push from the outside. Congress won't fix itself. But citizens can do something to end the gridlock.

No Labels is a group of 180,000 Republicans, Democrats and Independents, a citizen movement from across the country dedicated to a simple proposition: We want our government to work again.

No Labels proposed a 12-point rule plan in December offering straightforward answers to break the gridlock, promote constructive discussion and reduce polarization in Congress. All but one of these proposals can be adopted immediately.

But nothing can be accomplished unless we work together and take this first step toward fixing Congress: Email, call, or write your congressional representatives and ask them one simple question: Do you favor the 12 rule changes No Labels has proposed, and if so, how will you be supporting these reforms?

If you would like to see each of these rule changes, go to nolabels.org.

The future of our country requires us to take action — and now.

Al E. Smith




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