It seems like a no-brainer. But in this brittle climate of accusations and distrust, itís not. It takes courage to even commit to a simple tenet like working together.
We donít consider this a Democratic position or a Republican position. We see it as an American position, a recognition that saving the country is more important than saving face.
Weíve seen how powerful across-the-aisle relationships can be. The No Labels Problem Solvers coalition formed at the start of this year and by the summer had produced a legislative package of nine bills, all of them with bipartisan backing, to make government work more efficiently. We hope it will be a road map to real reform.
In the meantime, this group will continue to get together every day until this crisis is resolved, to brainstorm and build bridges and do whatever we can do to try to find a pathway forward.
Like most of our colleagues, we came to Congress to try to fix problems and improve life for the people who sent us here. We didnít come simply to fight.
We hope that soon we can gather where we used to meet ó inside the Capitol, with doors open, lights on and leaders who are ready to work together for the common good.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.