About the Problem Solvers Caucus
Many current members of the Problem Solvers Caucus had previously signed a resolution in the 114th Congress (H.R. 207) calling for both parties to unify behind a new National Strategic Agenda centered on four goals:
- Create 25 million jobs over the next 10 years
- Secure Social Security and Medicare for the next 75 years
- Balance the Budget by 2030
- Make America energy secure by 2024
Beginning in 2017, the Problem Solvers Caucus became an independent member-driven House Caucus, co-chaired by New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and featuring robust standards of conduct for members including a promise not to campaign against any other member of the Caucus and an agreement to vote together for any policy proposal that garners the support of 75 percent of the entire Problem Solvers Caucus, as well as 51 percent of both the Democrats and Republicans in the Caucus. The Caucus has cleared this 75 percent threshold on several occasions including:
- Supported and voted into law a “clean” continuing resolution—free of any ideological riders—to avert a government shutdown (April 2017)
- Released the first and only bipartisan health care proposal in the 115th Congress, which served as the framework for a similar proposal subsequently released in the Senate by HELP Committee Chairs, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA)
- Released a comprehensive bipartisan proposal to rebuild American infrastructure (January 2018)
- Released the first bipartisan immigration proposal in the House; pairing a long-term solution for the Dreamers with investments in border security (January 2018)
- Supported the long-term budget deal that averted another government shutdown and could not have passed without the Problem Solvers’ bipartisan votes (February 2018)
- Released a proposal to enhance gun safety and prevent episodes of mass violence (March 2018)
The Problem Solvers Caucus has made exceptional progress. However, despite the best efforts of Caucus members, many of their most ambitious policy proposals were never provided with a vote on the House floor for a simple reason:
- Party leadership and House rules are making bipartisan legislation impossible.
In response, No Labels is mobilizing citizens and Caucus members behind a bold campaign in 2018 called Break the Rules, which aims to overhaul the rules that govern Congress and force it to be responsive to the will of the people. It can and must work and No Labels will be releasing a detailed proposal in mid-2018.