Blue Dogs Endorse No Labels ‘Make Government Work!’ Reform Package

Jul 24, 2013
Press Release

Members of the fiscally conservative, Democratic Blue Dog Coalition today endorsed the No Labels Make Government Work! legislative package, which includes nine bipartisan bills to make Congress and the Federal government operate more effectively. The package—unveiled last week by a band of Democrats and Republicans focused on solving problems together—would streamline duplicative government programs, save taxpayers billions in wasteful spending, provide better continuity for veterans healthcare and improve the congressional budget process.


“Blue Dogs understand that for anything of substance to pass through this sharply divided Congress it must have broad bipartisan, bicameral support,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Co-chair for Communications. “The Make Government Work! package includes sensible reforms that the Blue Dogs have long championed, including reforming the broken budget process in Congress. It is encouraging to see others begin to rally behind these important priorities, and the Blue Dogs are glad to support this new bipartisan group’s pragmatic agenda.”


“Blue Dogs are already known as problem-solvers willing to work across party lines. I’m encouraged these reforms are gaining momentum. It’s time for real problem solving in government, so that America can live up to its potential,” said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Co-chair for Policy.


“The No Labels package represents the willingness of folks on both sides of the aisle to come together to make government run more efficiently and work better for the American people,” said Rep. Barrow (D-GA), Co-chair for Administration.  “It’s not often that we see Republicans and Democrats coming together on issues this big, so this package is a step in the right direction.  The Blue Dogs are proud to support a package of this magnitude, and we encourage Congressional leaders to move this common sense legislation so it can be enacted into law.”


“This package of bills represents commonsense solutions that are a result of significant bipartisan cooperation.  Blue Dogs have a history of working across the aisle, and I am pleased to see the group step up and offer additional support to the legislative initiative,” said Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT), Co-chair.