No Labels

    Within a polarized House, one coalition is trying to work across the aisle.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the No Labels organization.

Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

After months of meeting with colleagues across the aisle, the so-called No Labels Congressional Problem Solvers Coalition introduced its first legislative package Thursday.

Members of the group of 81 bipartisan House and Senate members have been meeting weekly, and are introducing a package of nine bills. Hudson Valley Republican Congressman Chris Gibson says the legislation is divided among three categories: budget reform; government reform; and quality healthcare.

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says what he likes about No Labels is the following approach.

  Many observers say Washington is as polarized as it has ever been.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his work with No Labels aims to keep bipartisanship alive.

Official White House Photo / Pete Souza

President Obama chastised Congress for its partisan bickering and lack of progress in tackling the nation’s imperatives during his State of the Union address.

“The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem,” the president said. “They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can.”