July 20, 2013 6:02 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer
VICTORVILLE • Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, took part in a bipartisan action meant to recover America’s confidence in the ability of Congress to work together.
Cook was among nearly 80 Democratic and Republican members of the group called No Labels Problem Solvers coalition, which announced a package of nine bills Thursday they say will move government toward greater efficiency.
“It’s no secret that Americans don’t trust government, and they don’t trust Congress,” Cook said in a written statement. “Although we won’t agree on everything, No Labels is about finding common ground to rebuild trust. My constituents expect me to get things done, and this requires building a consensus.”
The event marked the first time the bipartisan group introduced legislation to back its proposal to create a new era of cooperation in Congress — where party loyalty is dominant and bipartisan groups are in short supply.
According to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii who is part of the group, its defining purpose is to bring people together from across the political spectrum to address challenges.
“Voters are frustrated and have sent each and every one of us to Congress with a clear mandate: break through the partisan gridlock and get things done,” Gabbard said in a released statement. “Building trust and meaningful relationships across party lines must be the starting point for that to happen.”
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