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No Labels

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BARROW of Georgia. I thank the gentleman from Wisconsin for the time, but more importantly I thank him for the leadership he is showing in this common endeavor.

I want to echo what my good friend, Congressman Dent, just said, but I want to make an additional point. The folks in Georgia sent me to Washington to help get things done, not get caught up in scoring political points. They are fed up with the hyperpartisanship in Congress, and that's why I've joined this group.

The scandals at the IRS and the Justice Department contribute to one of the biggest problems in our country right now. Americans don't trust their government to do the right thing. The goal of this group is to strengthen the faith that folks have in government.

The Problem Solvers coalition offers a chance to break the gridlock by getting Democrats and Republicans focused on actually getting things done in Congress. Unlike some folks, we don't think ``compromise'' is a dirty word.

Washington's refusal to respect and work with one another means we are failing this generation and the next generation. No Labels offers a common ground for lawmakers to make government work better and negotiate solutions without the blinders of partisan talking points.

We have real problems that are crying out for compromise right now, and we all just can't sit here arguing just to get us through the next election. If we continue with that approach, we won't be doing this country and the folks we represent any good down the road.

Mr. Speaker, my Bible says:

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor more than silver or gold.

I believe that both parties have a great deal to contribute to this country's past, have a great deal to be proud of in their path, and they have a lot to contribute to our country's future. But the label, the name, the good name that folks are looking for is ``problem solver.'' That is the name that brings us together. That is the name that describes our function. That is why I'm proud to support this group and its work.


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