This week No Labels gave its official Problem-Solvers Seal of Approval to Rep. Bobby Schilling of Illinois' 17th district. The Problem-Solvers Seal is awarded to candidates or legislators who agree to join No Labels' emerging "Problem-Solvers Bloc," a group of House lawmakers who are dedicated to working across the aisle to find effective, principled and pragmatic solutions to our country's problems. Schilling has committed to join the bloc.
"In the gridlocked political climate we face today, we need more leaders like Schilling who believe that cooperation and solving problems are virtues, not signs of weakness," said No Labels Co-Founder Mark McKinnon. "Throughout his first term, Schilling has exhibited his willingness to work across the aisle and find common ground with members of the opposite party. He will be a welcome addition to No Labels' Problem-Solvers Bloc."
"Many thanks to No Labels for this recognition," said Congressman Schilling. "As a parent and as a small business owner, continually learning, trying new things, and working with all sorts of people is common-sense -- common sense I took with me when the folks of the Illinois 17th asked me to represent them in Congress. Our district's priorities -- like workloading the Rock Island Arsenal, passing a Farm Bill, reauthorizing our transportation and infrastructure programs, creating jobs at the vacant Thomson Prison, and more -- aren't Republican or Democrat issues, but red, white, and blue issues, and I am committed to reaching across the aisle to help move our district, state, and great country forward. I appreciate the mission of No Labels and will continue working on a bipartisan basis to get our economy back on track and get folks back to work."
The Problem-Solvers Bloc represents No Labels' effort to create a new center of gravity in Congress, where those legislators willing to work across the aisle can exert real influence. In today's Washington, Republicans and Democrats rarely meet with one another to discuss issues. With No Labels' new bloc, members will have a banner to gather under to develop real solutions. No Labels began constructing this bloc in mid-2012 and has already had tremendous success recruiting current and prospective members of Congress to join.
"Schilling's efforts to find common ground on important legislation like the recent farm bill have shown once again his dedication to problem solving and working across the aisle to get things done," said No Labels Co-Founder William Galston. "He has earned a full seal of approval from No Labels for his willingness to work across party lines to achieve long-term solutions to the issues facing the American people."
No Labels is a grassroots movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to the politics of problem solving. For more information on the Problem-Solvers Seal of Approval or to arrange an interview with a No Labels co-founder, please contact John Rigby at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 588-1990. To learn more about No Labels, please visit http://www.NoLabels.org.