Rep. LaTourette's Retirement Further Evidence Congress is Broken
No Labels Commends Congressman for Proven Record of Working Across the Aisle
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nine-term Ohio Representative Steve LaTourette's announcement Tuesday to retire from the U.S. House of Representatives is further proof that Congress is broken and shows the strong need for solutions on Capitol Hill.
"Rep. LaTourette's decision not to seek re-election due to gridlock proves once again that partisanship is unfortunately trumping problem-solving in Congress," said No Labels Co-Founder Mark McKinnon. "Rep. LaTourette has consistently demonstrated the willingness to find common ground with his fellow lawmakers on issues such as the nation's deficit and transportation. It's a sad reality that leaders like him continue to be forced out of Congress because of the political climate. It's also why No Labels has designed a set of reform proposals aimed at helping to break through the gridlock and encourage across the aisle problem-solving."
"The same hyper-partisan environment that led to the retirement of very competent legislators like Sens. Olympia Snowe and Evan Bayh has now claimed another one," said No Labels Co-Founder Dan Schnur. "Over the course of his career, Rep. LaTourette has sought to work with his colleagues to solve our nation's problems, even if they are from the opposite party. A recent example of this is when he partnered earlier this year with Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper to produce a federal budget alternative based off last year's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform proposal."
No Labels is a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents who want our government to stop fighting and start solving our nation's most pressing challenges. To learn more about No Labels, please visit www.NoLabels.org.
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