2013-01-17 / Editorial

Bipartisanship in Washington?

U.S. Congressman David Cicilline, who represents Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district, highlighted the nonpartisan organization No Labels and its work to bridge the partisan divide in Congress. Cicilline delivered his remarks to the House of Representatives earlier this week. Here are Cicilline remarks, addressed to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner:

“Mr. Speaker, all of us know that the 112th Congress was one of the least productive legislative sessions in our history.

“Even as our country faced significant challenges, partisan posturing and political brinksmanship dominated the debate in Washington and created an unprecedented level of gridlock that kept real work from getting done.

“As we begin the work of the 113th Congress, it is critical that both Democrats and Republicans commit to working with their colleagues across the aisle and putting the longterm interests of our country ahead of their own short-term political goals.

“That’s why I have decided to join a group of Democrats, Republicans and Independents in a group called No Labels as a Problem Solver who will meet regularly to build trust and cooperation between members of both parties and get Washington back to a place where Democrats and Republicans working together is the rule rather than the exception.

“We need leaders in Congress who are serious about finding solutions to the challenges we face both at home and abroad.

“I am convinced that there is no challenge so great that we cannot solve by working together, and No Labels is offering a venue for Republicans and Democrats and Independents to do exactly that. I urge my colleagues to join us in this effort.

“I yield back the balance of my time.”

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