No Labels was founded by Republican Mark McKinnon and Democrat Nancy Jacobson — two longtime political strategists and noted centrists within their respective parties. On its website, the group urges voters to "put [labels] aside to do what's best for America."  

The group's inaugural gathering late last year drew the likes of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, former Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) and Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans Jill Biden, Jennifer Garner go mask-free on vaccine-promoting West Virginia trip MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Overnight Defense: Capitol security bill includes 1M to reimburse National Guard | Turner to lead House push against military sexual assault | Pentagon drops mask mandate GOP Rep. Turner to lead House push to address military sexual assault MORE (D-N.Y.).

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have begun to mull the possibility of including tax increases or entitlement reform as part of a new agreement that would keep the government operating through the end of September. 

They also want more involvement from the president in the current budget battle. Senior White House advisers got an earful this week from Senate Democrats, who aired frustration that Obama hasn't taken a larger role in the debate.