Bera, Republican colleague offer No Labels response to State of the Union Address
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-7) joined his fellow No Labels Problem Solver Republican Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) to deliver the No Labels State of the Union response, featured on Real Clear Politics.
Bera and Gibson wore orange lapel pins to the State of the Union to identify themselves as No Labels’ Problem Solvers, a group of more than 70 Members from both parties working across the aisle to build trust and find common ground. They have signed on to the No Labels campaign to create a national strategic agenda—a shared vision for this country that's based on goals that both sides of the political divide develop together before the hard work of policymaking begins.
“Tonight, President Obama called for a year of action,” said Bera. “We agree. This should be a year of action. But in our democracy, no one branch of government can act alone, nor should they. The president needs to work together with both parties in Congress, and we're ready to work with him… If we want our country to work again, we don't just need a year of action. We need a government of collaboration.”
No Labels is a grassroots movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to a new politics of problem solving. The organization has already attracted more than half a million citizens across the country, as well as 88 members of Congress -- Republicans, Democrats, and independents -- who are members of the No Labels Problem Solvers coalition. The congressional coalition, which meets regularly, is the only forum for bipartisan problem solving on Capitol Hill. No Labels has proposed numerous common-sense reforms and legislative initiatives including No Budget, No Pay, a version of which was passed by Congress and signed into law last year.
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. represents Sacramento County. Born and raised in California, Bera is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He’s fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country’s debt in a responsible way. One of Bera’s first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, he’s working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. For more updates on Rep. Bera follow @RepBera on Twitter, like Congressman Bera on Facebook, or visit http://www.bera.house.gov.