Those signing on to support one group, called No Labels, say it’s time to set aside party affiliations in Washington, D.C. and find solutions to the country’s problems.
“This is about problem solving,” No Labels Co-Founder Kiki McLean said on Monday’s MetroNews Talkline. “(It’s) Not a third party, but really about, how do we use what we have to go and solve the problems now?”
More than 1,300 people from across the country will be in New York City next week for the Meeting to Make America Work! Conference.
It will be the first joint appearance for the new national leaders for No Labels, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, a Republican.
McLean says both Senator Manchin and Governor Huntsman know how to put aside party politics and get things accomplished
“They are leaders who are not afraid to step out of the tradition and the norm and, sort of, break that cycle and say, ‘No, there’s a different way to lead and this is how we’re going to do it,’” she said.
McLean says No Labels is calling for a number of action steps on Capitol Hill to stop the fighting and start the fixing, including the creation of a no budget, no pay policy. It would cut off the paychecks to Congressional members if a budget has not been approved.
Another proposal would require a five day work week for members of Congress in Washington, D.C. during at least three weeks a month.
You can find out more about No Labels at www.nolabels.org.