Today, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) was one of 24 bipartisan congressional "Problem Solvers" unveiled by No Labels, a grassroots national movement of hundreds of thousands of Americans from across parties and ideologies who want to see Washington focus on solving problems. The event took place in New York City as part of the "Meeting to Make America Work," which brought together over 1,300 citizens, thought leaders and elected officials from across the country to have a meaningful dialogue about solutions to our nation's most pressing problems.
"My background is in engineering, and engineers are problem solvers. So I came to Congress eight years ago determined to solve problems," Rep. Lipinski said. "But as our nation's problems have gotten bigger, Congress has gotten smaller. Not smaller in size or smaller in ego, but smaller in the capacity to get things done. The American people see this. In fact, one recent poll suggests Americans have a higher opinion of cockroaches and traffic jams than of Congress.
"The public wants members of Congress to come together and solve problems for the good of the American people. But one of the biggest impediments is that Washington has many get-togethers limited to Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and progressives, this interest group or that interest group. There had been almost nowhere to gather for members of Congress who want to come together out of these cocoons to solve problems for the nation as a whole. To survive, businesses, families, other organizations know they must solve problems. That is why I am thankful for No Labels. I look forward to working together with my fellow Problem Solvers to make Washington work for the American people."
Rep. Lipinski has a long record of working across the aisle to solve problems and get things done. Last March, Lipinski helped introduce a budget modeled after the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission recommendations that included a mix of spending cuts and new revenue to reduce the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years. For his stance, Lipinski was given the Paul E. Tsongas Economic Patriot Award this fall by the Concord Coalition, honoring those who have demonstrated a commitment to fiscal responsibility.
Also named as a Problem Solver today is Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16). In this last Congress, Rep. Lipinski was joined by Rep. Kinzinger in authoring the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act to boost this vital sector of our economy. The bill overwhelming passed the House last fall. Working together, Reps. Lipinski and Kinzinger are committed to getting the bill signed into law this year to revitalize manufacturing in America and help create good-paying, stable jobs for the middle class.
"I look forward to working with my Illinois colleague, Congressman Lipinski, and the other members of No Labels to lead the way to have the bipartisan discussions that are desperately needed in Washington to cut through the gridlock and find common-sense solutions that will get our nation back on track," Rep. Kinzinger said. "In the coming months, Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike must work together to tackle serious fiscal reforms, including the sequester and the debt ceiling. The American people chose a divided government in Washington and they're counting on us to work together."
"By joining the Problem Solvers, Rep. Lipinski is proving his commitment to working across the aisle to do what's best for the country," No Labels Honorary Co-Chair, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said. "This group is truly patriotic -- its members are putting the country first to solve problems."
"The Problem Solvers group is a big deal," No Labels Honorary Co-Chair, Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, said. "They can help break the gridlock and blame game that have become so pervasive in Washington, where people have developed an attitude that you're only worth talking to if you're on my team -- the Ds or the Rs. We'll prove that ultimately, we're all on the same team -- America."