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Rep. Thompson Joins Bipartisan Group To "Make Government Work"

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(07/18/13) - If you're frustrated by the gridlock in our nation's capital, you're not alone.  A bipartisan group of congressmen and senators agree with you -- and they're trying to do something about it.

With music playing and crowds cheering, group of lawmakers took the stage outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday in rock-star fashion.  Eighty-one of them – Republicans and Democrats – from the House and the Senate – signed on with a group called "No Labels," which promotes setting aside party differences to solve the country's problems.

Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson is our only local lawmaker on board right now.

"I came to Washington not to be a politician, but to be a problem solver," said Thompson.

Right now, the group is working on a package of nine bills dubbed "Make Government Work."  They include "No Budget, No Pay," which would prevent lawmakers from getting paid if Congress can't pass a budget, and "No Adding, No Padding," which would end automatic inflation adjustments in federal agency budgets.

Thompson says he's a co-sponsor of most the nine bills.  He says today's rally was important, so constituents know such an effort exists.

"What they see on the news is mostly conflict, and we get mired down in what seems to be gridlock, but that couldn't be further from the truth," said Thompson.

Although it may look like a glorified photo op, the lawmakers actually meet on a regular basis to discuss the issues.

"The principle is we at least come to the table.  We sit down and truly look at what the issue is.  And we try to find problems and common ground that we can put forth solutions," explained Thompson.

Thompson hopes other lawmakers will join the movement soon.

For more information about "No Lables," and for a detailed list of the bills the group of lawmakers are considering, click here.


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