Manchin to chair group aiming to fix Washington

“We need to fix our politics from the inside, but we need help from the outside,” Manchin said in a statement Thursday. “No Labels is the only organization out there that can bring people together to demand that both parties put the country’s needs ahead of politics.”

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Manchin said the group needed to be a citizen-led effort in order to succeed.

“No Labels can set a whole new standard of what’s expected from our national leaders,” Manchin said. “But we need Americans to help us — and demand better than what we’re getting now.”

Next week, No Label is hosting an event in New York featuring other lawmakers who are known as being “problem solvers.” Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Janice Hahn (D-Calif.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), Jim Moran (D-Va.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Scott Rigell (R-Va.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) are participating in the No Labels event next Monday.

“This is a great honor to be asked to work with Jon Huntsman to help No Labels become a catalyst for the big changes we need in Washington,” Manchin said. “Jon and I come from different parties, but we come from the same background as governors, where you don’t worry about politics — you worry about your state and its people.”

Congressional popularity has been at an all-time low as gridlock between the Republican-controlled House and Democratic Senate continues in the 113th Congress.