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CONGRESSMAN BISHOP JOINS CONGRESSIONAL PROBLEM SOLVERS IN UNVEILING BIPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE

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MAKE GOVERNMENT WORK! PACKAGE WILL MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined over 70 Democratic and Republican members of Congress from both chambers at a rally to announce the Make Government Work! legislative reform package of nine bills drafted to make government more efficient and effective. Today’s rally demonstrates the trust-building priorities of the new group, and willingness to work across the aisle on common sense legislation for the good of our nation.

“The solutions to the problems our country faces are neither Democrat not Republican—they will have to be American solutions, which require bipartisan cooperation and compromise,” said Congressman Bishop. “I believe this group of Problem Solvers with no ideological labels will help make that happen.”

The Make Government Work! legislative package features nine common sense bills designed to make government more efficient, effective and less wasteful. It is a first step towards restoring trust between lawmakers and eventually strengthening the American people’s trust in our nation’s leaders.

Below are details of the Make Government Work! legislative package. Congressman Bishop is a co-sponsor on all bills in the House of Representatives.

1. NO BUDGET, NO PAY; S.124, H.R. 310
If Congress cannot pass a budget and all annual spending bills on time, members should not get paid.

2. TAKE THE TIME, SAVE THE DIME; S. 554, H.R. 1869
Move to a two-year budgeting process. (H.R. 1869)

3. DON’T DUPLICATE, CONSOLIDATE; S. 1231, H.R. 2506
Get rid of duplicate agencies and programs identified in 2013 by the Government Accountability Office.

4. BUY SMARTER AND SAVE; S. 1304, H.R. 2694
Enforce strategic sourcing so that separate divisions within a single federal agency do not make independent contracts for common items.

5. NO ADDING, NO PADDING; H.R. 2686
Stop assuming automatic year-to-year spending increases in agency budgets.

6. 21ST CENTURY HEALTHCARE FOR HEROES; S. 1296, H.R. 2590
Merge the electronic health records of the Department of Defense with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

7. STAY IN PLACE, CUT THE WASTE; H.R. 2643
Cut 50% of agency travel and replace it with video conferencing.

8. WASTED ENERGY, WASTED DOLLARS; S. 1308, H.R. 2689
Reduce energy waste in federal buildings by incentivizing private companies to identify energy savings. The contractors would be paid with the dollars saved instead of with taxpayer dollars.

9. PLAN FOR EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT; S. 1297, H.R. 2675
Create a new Commission for Government Transformation to oversee the transformation of various federal government programs so they will be more economical, efficient, and effective.

BACKGROUND:

In January, No Labels introduced the inaugural group of 24 Congressional Problem Solvers. Since then, the coalition has more than tripled in size to 80 members.

Full List of Problem Solvers

36 Republicans, 1 Independent, 43 Democrats

Senate

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)

House of Representatives

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA), Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), Rep. Raúl Ruiz (D-CA), Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Rep. Todd Young (R-IN), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA), Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY), Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA), Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Rep. GT Thompson (R-PA), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI)

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