Who’s missing in this picture? Washington’s congressional delegates

Americans are weary of seeing political party leaders hold dueling press conferences to lambast each other.

More than 40 members of Congress stepped away from the political food fight happening in Washington, D.C. Thursday morning to show they still care about solving the nation’s problems. Organized by the No Labels movement, a bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats urged the president and Congress to reach a deal to end the government shutdown.

Unfortunately, not a single Washington state delegate showed up. (They were all invited. We checked. Here’s the news release with the names of participating lawmakers.)

Photo ops can be superficial, but the message behind this latest No Labels gathering is an important one: “Stop fighting. Start fixing.” Here’s the message these lawmakers agree on:

No Labels works to restore collaboration and common sense in government and is an essential counterweight to the political warfare that’s become all too common.

That’s a sensible platform that more lawmakers should unite behind. No Labels has a coalition of about 70 congressional members who’ve pledged to look beyond their party affiliation to do what’s right for the country. Last November, The Seattle Times published this editorial on the movement’s promise to break congressional gridlock.

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., is the lone state delegate to join No Labels’ “Problem Solvers” roster. I hope others will opt in and show us they put their country above party politics. Symbolic gestures can lead to action. That’s the only way we’ll get out of this mess.



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