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Wait! Do I Smell Bipartisanship?

No Labels co-chairs Jon Huntsman (R-UT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) [David Karp/AP]
No Labels co-chairs Jon Huntsman (R-UT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) [David Karp/AP]
“They started off meeting once a month, but then decided it was so productive they wanted to start meeting once a week.”

Well, those are some sentences that no one expected to hear from a political news story these days! Better yet: the “they” that Mark McKinnon mentions in his July 19 article for The Daily Beast is a group of legislators from both sides of the aisle, not just the same party! This group is called “No Labels”, and a few days ago, it unveiled a legislative package called “Make Government Work”, dedicated to promoting more efficient practices in Congress. McKinnon also wrote the following in his article on the group:

“The Problem Solvers [No Labels members] started just six months ago, with a group of 25 members. Then word started getting out that this group is for real. That it broadly represents everyone from MoveOn Democrats to Tea Party Republicans and everyone in between. That they actually meet.”

In this article, I would like to examine two important bills in the “Make Government Work” legislative package. Is No Labels just a passing trend? Or is it something different? Has bipartisanship finally come to Washington?

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