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Make Congress Work!

At a time when our nation faces immense problems, the American people have never had less faith in the ability of Congress to do anything about them. This situation couldn’t be more serious – if Congress is broken, so is the United States of America. Every law addressing any substantial issue has to go through Congress first. That means if we want a balanced budget, a better immigration system or more effective educational and energy policies, we first need to end the gridlock in Congress. No Labels believes Congress’s biggest problem isn’t necessarily the people in it - it’s the standstill, refusal to engage in dialogue, absence of our leaders in Washington full-time and outdated rules that govern the institution that make it impossible for anything to get done. Congress has become a place where even good, talented people get dragged down by a broken system. But if the norms of Congress change, we can make our government work again.   

Most of our 12 proposals to Make Congress Work! don’t require new laws or spending,
and they don’t favor any political party or side of any particular issue. The No Budget, No Pay Act was the only proposal that required Congress to pass explicit legislation. As the 113th Congress began in January 2013 Speaker Boehner attached a version of the No Budget, No Pay proposal to legislation that would temporarily raise the debt ceiling. While the measure differed slightly from No Labels' original plan, the fundamental concept remained the same: If Congress can't pass a budget, members should not be paid. The House passed the measure on January 23 by a vote of 285 to 144, and the Senate followed suit on January 31, passing the bill 64 to 34. On February 4, with the President’s signature, No Budget, No Pay became the law of the land.

No Budget, No Pay and the rest of the proposals to Make Congress Work! are simple, straightforward plans to break gridlock, promote constructive discussion and reduce polarization in Congress. They can be adopted, almost all at once, whenever Congress chooses to do so.Sign the petition showing your support for our action plan to Make Congress Work! and send a letter to your members of Congress doing the same. Be sure to customize your letter where prompted in the sample.

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I've never voted because I've to date seen anyone who has kept their word after they were elected into office, has put the planet first before themselves, has agreed to take office at a fair salary, has agreed NOT to take any benefits or pay check after their term is over and most of all has listen to the CITIZENS and what is best for everyone involved. My biggest complaint is how the govt abuses their power to benefit themselves only.
We elected you to represent the American people which you can not do because you are to busy representing party agendas.
In order for the US to work better, Congress must work FAR better than it does.
The US cannot survive with a dysfunctional Congress!
Allusion to the "house of cards" that is America has never been more appropriate than now. It's time to.take action and change business as usual in Congress.
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