Rep. Lipinski, No Labels Unveil "Make Government Work!" Agenda
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) was joined by more than 70 Democratic and Republican members of Congress from both chambers in front of the Capitol today to unveil Make Government Work!, a legislative reform package unveiled by the No Labels Problem Solvers coalition. The nine bills that make up Make Government Work! would save billions of taxpayer dollars and achieve goals important to all Americans, while serving as template on how to get things done in Congress by building trust and cooperation across party lines.
“As an engineer I’ve been trained to solve problems and that is what I was elected to do. But the partisan bickering in Washington has become a major obstacle to solving the many problems facing our nation. No Labels is an antidote to the bickering, providing a forum in which members of Congress who are interested in problem solving can get together and start getting things done for the American people,” Rep. Lipinski said. “The Make Government Work! agenda that we are unveiling today is our first set of bipartisan proposals that will make government less wasteful and more efficient and effective. Together, these bills are proof that members of Congress, when they work together, can find common ground on important issues facing the country.”
Among the nine bills in Make Government Work! are the No Budget, No Pay Act, which would withhold the paychecks of members of Congress if they cannot pass a budget on time, and the 21st Century Healthcare for Heroes Act to eliminate waste by merging the separate electronic health records at the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In the coming weeks, No Labels will be asking the American people to provide an idea for a 10th bill that can be added.
For more information on the other pieces of legislation in Make Government Work!, visit nolabels.org.
In January, Rep. Lipinski was introduced in the inaugural group of 24 congressional Problem Solvers in New York City. Since then, the coalition has more than tripled in size to 81 members who meet regularly to encourage cooperation and work on solutions to the problems facing Congress and the country.
“Washington must find ways to work together or we will achieve nothing. The effort that went into Make Government Work! is a critical first step,” Lipinski said. “The public wants members of Congress to come together and solve problems for the good of our nation. We know the American people are counting on us, and by coming together as Problem Solvers we can make sure America’s best and brightest days are still ahead of us.”
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