Fitzpatrick Highlights Bipartisanship at Problem Solvers Conference
ARLINGTON, VA — Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) joined a panel of members of Congress Wednesday afternoon as part of the No Labels Problem Solvers Conference to discuss the goals of the Problem Solvers Caucus and the role of bipartisanship in crafting legislation in the 115th Congress.
The program, entitled “The Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress: The Place for Deal-Making and Bipartisan Action,” was moderated by A.B. Stoddard, Associate Editor and Columnist at RealClearPolitics and focused on issues ranging from infrastructure investment to civility.
“Last year, Harvard released a report that concluded: ‘The federal government has made no meaningful progress on the critical policy steps to restore U.S. competitiveness in the last decade or more…Today, we believe that our political system is now the major obstacle to progress on the economy, especially at the federal level.’ That should be unacceptable to every member of Congress and every American,” said Fitzpatrick. “I understand there are differences between Democrats and Republicans. But on the issues where there is common ground, we must move forward together. I’m committed to working with any member of this Congress to break this cycle and make government work for the American people once more.”
Fitzpatrick joined the Problem Solvers Caucus on his first day in Congress and has been an outspoken advocate for the mission of the group. Earlier this year, Fitzpatrick joined 23 Democrat and Republican members of the caucus in sending a letter to then President-Elect Trump stating the group was ready to work with the incoming administration on both tax reform and rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Tuesday evening, Fitzpatrick wore his No Labels ‘Fix, Not Fight’ lapel pin to the president’s address to a joint session of Congress. This small, but meaningful gesture reaffirming his constant mission to unite the 115th Congress.
“Right now, the easiest thing for a member of Congress to do is to fan the flames of division,” said No Labels Chief Strategist Ryan Clancy. “This symbolic step by members of the Problem Solvers Caucus shows that there are a growing number of leaders in Congress who reject the angriest and most intransigent voices and who stand ready do everything they can to forge bipartisan agreements to address our nation’s
The first-ever National Problem Solvers Conference is expected to bring nearly 1,000 citizens from all 50 states to Washington, D.C. in support of No Labels governing vision. Part strategy session and part public statement, the event will kick off a yearlong effort to strengthen a Problem Solvers Caucus emerging in Congress. Aside from programs, attendees will visit lawmakers’ offices and ask members to commit to a “Govern or Go Home” promise to the American people, featuring five leadership principles No Labels believes are essential to restoring a functioning government in Washington: Show respect; Come to, and stay at, the table; Tell the truth; Unite, not divide; and be accountable.