Strategy & Philosophy

Philosophy

American politics is more unpredictable than ever. Which makes it even more important to have a stabilizing force within our Congress; a bloc of elected officials who combine ideological independence and common sense with a willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done.

The creation of such a bloc is the central mission of No Labels.

It is an uphill struggle, but we—and the growing army of supporters among citizens, on college campuses and on Capitol Hill—will not be deterred. No Labels is building a movement for the legions of people who are tired of a political system that simply doesn’t respond to the priorities of the vast majority of the American people.

We believe that to solve a problem—any problem— leaders first need to unite behind goals, and then commit to a rigorous process to achieve those goals.

That is why we are laying the groundwork for our next president and Congress to make progress in 2017 on at least one of the four goals of our National Strategic Agenda.

  • Create 25 million jobs over the next 10 years
  • Secure Social Security and Medicare for the next 75 years
  • Balance the federal budget by 2030
  • Make America energy secure by 2024

Over 80 House and Senate members have already signed congressional resolutions calling for the creation of a National Strategic Agenda focused on these goals. This emerging “Problem Solvers Caucus” provides the foundation to build a durable bloc in Congress that No Labels believes can fundamentally reshape American politics; a bloc that would finally give real influence to problem solvers instead of just the partisans.

Of course, Congress needs a working partner in the White House, which is why No Labels is also working to ensure the new administration endorses the four goals of the National Strategic Agenda.

Agreeing to shared bipartisan goals has always been the precursor to progress in Washington, whether it was Reagan-O’Neill fixing the tax code or Clinton-Gingrich balancing the budget.

No Labels believes this is the only way for our next president and Congress to get things done.

Our organization is focused on the early days of the next administration because this is the most opportune time to pass significant legislation. We will strive to bring together key influencers inside and outside Washington to create support for moving specific policies that advance the National Strategic Agenda goals in early 2017.

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We can’t let party affiliation be the enemy of productivity and progress. At some point, the nation needs its leaders to place loyalty to the country ahead of loyalty to the party. True leaders don’t just point out problems. They solve them.

Margaret Kimbrell
No Labels Executive Director

1787: Constructing the Peace After the War

Now more than ever, America is a divided nation. After a divisive election, some are elated with the outcome, while others are angry. And many are wondering how our nation can possibly heal after a historically bruising campaign.

This is a moment that will require leadership, not just from our president-elect but also from Congress. This is a moment where leaders must pivot quickly from a hard-fought and divisive campaign to the hard work of governing.

On December 5, 2016, No Labels hosted 1787: Constructing the Peace After the War, which featured two gatherings enabling leaders to seize the post-election moment and jumpstart a long overdue national conversation focused on bipartisan problem solving.

1787 is of course the year in which our Founders wrote the Constitution. In 1787, America’s leaders put the national interest ahead of personal, partisan or parochial interest.

During the day, No Labels hosted a working meeting featuring business leaders, members of Congress and thought leaders from across the country. These leaders focused on how to strengthen our movement of common sense problem solvers and weaken the influence of the political extremes.

This event offered a critical opportunity for the American people to see and hear our congressional leaders discussing key issues and setting a new tone for the country as a new president prepares to take office.

It is time for the permanent campaign—in which our leaders conclude each election by immediately preparing for the next one—to end. These 1787 events displayed an opportunity for America’s leaders to embrace a new way. To begin the next president’s term focused not on tearing down the other side but on building America up.

1787 can be viewed here.