“PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2014
Contact: Allie Wright
Washington, D.C. - No Labels -- a national movement dedicated to a new politics of problem solving -- today applauded the creation of the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus. The caucus -- which will be co-chaired by Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader and Republican Rep. Reid Ribble -- will be a first of its kind forum for members to develop innovative bipartisan policy solutions to key national challenges.
“The members of this new caucus are heeding the call of millions of Americans who want a new politics of problem solving in our government,” said No Labels Co-Chair Jon Huntsman. “It’s a bold move and a challenge to the way business is typically done in Washington. Our country needs more leaders like these willing to rise above the partisanship and get things done.”
In January 2013, No Labels unveiled the Problem Solvers -- a group of House and Senate members who agreed to meet regularly to start building trust across the aisle. The group eventually grew to over 90 members, with a number of those members eventually co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to improve the functioning of the federal government. Many of these members also supported and voted for No Labels’ signature policy proposal, No Budget, No Pay, which became law in January 2013.
This new Problem Solvers Caucus represents an elevated level of bipartisan commitment from many members of Congress, as the caucus will be a formal congressional member organization. Although the caucus will continue to work closely with No Labels, its agenda and its priorities will be determined exclusively by the members themselves.
“This caucus represents members taking real ownership of the problem solving concept,” said West Virginia Senator and No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Joe Manchin. “Problem solving is not just a slogan. It’s a real idea that members are willing to organize around and make a priority.”
Although the newly formed caucus has yet to announce the issues that it will focus on, many of its members are currently strategizing with No Labels in its effort to create a National Strategic Agenda -- where leaders agree to a number of key goals and commit to trying to find policy options to meet them.
No Labels’ National Strategic Agenda calls for America’s political leaders to commit to a new governing process that can enable the nation to meet four key national goals:
- Grow 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years
- Secure Medicare and Social Security for another 75 years
- Balance the federal budget by 2030
- Make America energy secure by 2024
Though the National Strategic Agenda articulates a number of ambitious goals, the specific policies to achieve them will be decided in the year ahead in a series of meetings across the nation with members of Congress, state and local government leaders, members of the business and non-profit community and citizens. A fully formed National Strategic Agenda is expected to be released in the fall of 2015 to help catalyze debate in the 2016 presidential election.
Members of the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus are expected to play a key role in the development of the National Strategic Agenda.
“Before we create a National Strategic Agenda, we need to create a culture change in Washington, where problem solving becomes the priority,” added Huntsman. “In a town where bipartisan cooperation can seem so difficult, the very creation of this caucus is a very big and important step forward for the country.”
For more information about No Labels, its work to support the Problem Solvers Caucus and its campaign for a National Strategic Agenda, contact Allie@NoLabels.org.
(picture provided by the DenverPost)