A real effort at bipartisanship

While the president and Republican leaders were trading insults yesterday about who is the bigger threat to the American economy, a group of bipartisan congressmen and senators announced they are forming a group to break the gridlock in Washington.

The “Problem Solvers” are 24 legislators from both parties who were formally introduced to the American public Monday. They are vowing to meet at least once a month to reach across party lines to find compromise solutions to the country’s biggest problems.

In a column in The Washington Post, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and former Republican Sen. Jon Huntsman wrote:

“From our perspective, there is only one way for leaders in Washington to step up: They need an attitude adjustment. Everyone needs to be willing to sit down with anyone – conservative, liberal or anyone in between – to work together to achieve success for our nation. Everyone needs to recognize that principled and deeply held political beliefs don’t require an all-or-nothing approach to governance and that the letter behind a person’s name does not automatically make them stupid or treasonous.”

The “Problem Solvers” are the creation of a coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents who call their group No Labels. They hope to enlist grass-roots support to expand the “Problem Solvers” to at least 75 legislators by year-end.

The initial members of the “Problem Solvers” are:

Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Janice Hahn (D-Calif.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Jim Moran (D-Va.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Scott Rigell (R-Va.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

You can find out more about this effort by visiting the website nolabels.org.

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