Get Our Extension

Problem Solvers Caucus

From Wikipedia, in a visual modern way
Problem
Solvers Caucus
Co-ChairsJosh Gottheimer (D)
Brian Fitzpatrick (R)
FoundedJanuary 23, 2017; 6 years ago (2017-01-23)
IdeologyCentrism[1]
Bipartisanship[2]
Big tent[3]
Political positionCenter[4]
Colors  Red and   Blue
Seats in House Democratic Caucus
21 / 222
Seats in House Republican Caucus
21 / 211
Seats in the House
42 / 435
Website
problemsolverscaucus.house.gov

The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in the United States House of Representatives that includes members equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, who seek to foster bipartisan cooperation on key policy issues. The group was created in January 2017 as an outgrowth of meetings held by political organization No Labels starting in 2014.[5] It is currently co-chaired by Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).[6]

Discover more about Problem Solvers Caucus related topics

History

Problem Solvers Caucus hosting a press conference in 2020
Problem Solvers Caucus hosting a press conference in 2020

The Problem Solvers Caucus developed over time as an outgrowth of informal meetings organized by the political reform group No Labels. No Labels spent years on Capitol Hill working to get members in a room to talk with colleagues from the other party. These informal "get to know you" meetings led to more substantive cooperation across the aisle, including the introduction of nine bipartisan bills to reduce government waste and inefficiency, and the passage of the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 and the Medicare "doc fix" in 2015.[7][8][9]

Over time, No Labels continued to organize members into a more cohesive group and eventually branded the group the "Problem Solvers" and recruited its first two co-chairs, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR).[10] This group of members organized by No Labels also signed a resolution (H.R. 207) calling for both parties to unify behind a National Strategic Agenda with four goals focused on: job creation, balancing the budget, securing Medicare and Social Security, and energy security.[11]

The early iteration of the Problem Solvers group was promising, but it lacked the cohesion of groups on the left and right like the Progressive Caucus and Freedom Caucus. That began to change at the outset of 115th Congress when the Problem Solvers registered as an independent member-driven Caucus.[12]

Writing in The New York Times about the Problem Solvers Caucus, then co-chairs Reed and Gottheimer said: "We all knew the partisanship in Washington had gotten out of control and felt the need to create a bipartisan group committed to getting to 'yes' on important issues. We have agreed to vote together for any policy proposal that garners the support of 75 percent of the entire Problem Solvers Caucus, as well as 51 percent of both the Democrats and Republicans in the caucus."[13]

Today, the Problem Solvers Caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and counts 58 members evenly divided between the parties, who are working to forge bipartisan solutions to America's toughest challenges.[6]

Healthcare reform

During the week of August 4, 2017, the 43-member House Problem Solvers Caucus released a compromise to shore up the struggling insurance exchanges. The proposal focused on the skyrocketing cost of individual health insurance premiums. At the time, the Trump administration considered suspending cost-sharing payments that defray out-of-pocket payments like deductibles and co-payments, a move which insurers said could cause premiums to rise by 15 percent or more.[14]

The second part of the Problem Solvers plan would have provided relief to help states deal with the high cost of pre-existing and chronic conditions. The relief is provided through a dedicated stability fund that states could use to reduce premiums and limit losses for providing coverage for these high-cost patients. The third part of the plan provides relief to certain businesses from the mandate that they provide insurance to full-time employees. It also defines "full time" as a 40-hour workweek to discourage businesses from manipulating employees' weekly hours to skirt the mandate.[13]

The plan would have also eliminated the Medical Device Tax, an excise charge of 2.3 percent, which opponents claim is passed onto consumers and reduces funds for research and development.[14]

Congressional rules reform

After the 2018 Midterm elections, the Problem Solvers Caucus and House Democratic Leadership negotiated a package that reformed the rules of the House. The initiative, entitled "Break the Gridlock", gives bipartisan ideas a fair hearing on the House floor and encourages legislation through compromise.[15]

COVID-19 relief

In September 2020, the Problem Solvers released their "March to Common Ground" COVID-19 relief package, an outline for a Congressional bi-partisan compromise that showed that members of both parties were willing to listen to each other in order to craft legislation.[16]

Capitol riot and reaction

On May 18, 2021, the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed bipartisan legislation to investigate the attack on the Capitol.[17] However, the next day only 18 of 28 Republican Problem Solvers voted in support of creating a bipartisan commission to lead the investigation.[18]

Discover more about History related topics

No Labels

No Labels

No Labels is an American political organization that supports centrist, bi-partisan policies and politics.

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 is a law passed during the 113th United States Congress. The Act temporarily suspended the US debt ceiling from February 4 to May 18, 2013. It also placed temporary restrictions on Congressional salaries.

Reid Ribble

Reid Ribble

Reid James Ribble is an American politician who was the U.S. representative for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district from 2011 to 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Kurt Schrader

Kurt Schrader

Walter Kurt Schrader is an American politician and veterinarian who served as the U.S. representative for Oregon's 5th congressional district from 2009 to 2023. His district covered most of Oregon's central coast, plus Salem, and many of Portland's southern suburbs, and a sliver of Portland itself. A member of the Democratic Party, Schrader served in both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly from 1997 to 2008.

Congressional Progressive Caucus

Congressional Progressive Caucus

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is a congressional caucus affiliated with the Democratic Party in the United States Congress. The CPC represents the most left-leaning faction of the Democratic Party. It was founded in 1991 and has grown since then.

Freedom Caucus

Freedom Caucus

The Freedom Caucus, also known as the House Freedom Caucus, is a congressional caucus consisting of conservative Republican members of the United States House of Representatives. It is generally considered to be the most conservative and farthest-right bloc within the House Republican Conference. The caucus was formed in January 2015 by a group of conservatives and Tea Party movement members, with the aim of pushing the Republican leadership to the right. Its first chairman, Jim Jordan, described the caucus as a "smaller, more cohesive, more agile and more active" group of conservative representatives.

The New York Times

The New York Times

The New York Times is a daily newspaper based in New York City with a worldwide readership reported in 2022 to comprise 740,000 paid print subscribers, and 8.6 million paid digital subscribers. It also is a producer of popular podcasts such as The Daily. Founded in 1851, it is published by The New York Times Company. The Times has won 132 Pulitzer Prizes, the most of any newspaper, and has long been regarded as a national "newspaper of record". For print, it is ranked 18th in the world by circulation and 3rd in the United States.

COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is a part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). In the United States, it has resulted in 102,277,103 confirmed cases with 1,107,634 all-time deaths, the most of any country, and the twentieth-highest per capita worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic ranks first on the list of disasters in the United States by death toll; it was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer. From 2019 to 2020, U.S. life expectancy dropped by 3 years for Hispanic and Latino Americans, 2.9 years for African Americans, and 1.2 years for white Americans. These effects persisted as U.S. deaths due to COVID-19 in 2021 exceeded those in 2020, and life expectancy continued to fall from 2020 to 2021.

List of co-chairs

Term Start Term End Democratic Co-chair Republican Co-chair
2017 2019 Josh Gottheimer Photo (cropped).jpg Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) Tom Reed official photo (cropped).jpg Tom Reed (R-NY)
2019 2021
2021 present Brian Fitzpatrick official congressional photo (cropped).jpg Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

Membership

Problem Solvers Caucus in the 118th United States Congress.   Democratic Problem Solvers caucus member   Republican Problem Solvers caucus member
Problem Solvers Caucus in the 118th United States Congress.
  Democratic Problem Solvers caucus member
  Republican Problem Solvers caucus member

This group include 42 members: 21 Democrats and 21 Republicans.[19][20]

Democrats

Republicans

Former members

Democrats

Republicans

Discover more about Membership related topics

California

California

California is a state in the Western United States, located along the Pacific Coast. With nearly 39.2 million residents across a total area of approximately 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), it is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. It is also the most populated subnational entity in North America and the 34th most populous in the world. The Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions respectively, with the former having more than 18.7 million residents and the latter having over 9.6 million. Sacramento is the state's capital, while Los Angeles is the most populous city in the state and the second most populous city in the country. San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the country. Los Angeles County is the country's most populous, while San Bernardino County is the largest county by area in the country. California borders Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; and has a coastline along the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Ed Case

Ed Case

Edward Espenett Case is an American lawyer and Democratic politician serving as the U.S. representative for Hawaii's 1st congressional district, which covers the urban core of Honolulu. He represented the 2nd district, which covers the rest of the state, from 2002 to 2007.

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii is a state in the Western United States, located in the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from the U.S. mainland. It is the only U.S. state outside North America, the only state that is an archipelago, and the only state in the tropics.

Lou Correa

Lou Correa

Jose Luis Correa is an American businessman and politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 46th congressional district since 2017. His district is based in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim and Santa Ana, as well as parts of Orange. A member of the Democratic Party, Correa represented the 34th district in the California State Senate from 2006 to 2014.

Jim Costa

Jim Costa

James Manuel Costa is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 21st congressional district since 2023, previously representing the 20th congressional district from 2005 to 2013 and the 16th congressional district from 2013 to 2023. A member of the Democratic Party, his district includes most of Fresno.

Debbie Dingell

Debbie Dingell

Deborah Ann Dingell is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the U.S. representative for Michigan's 6th congressional district since 2015. She is the widow of John Dingell, her predecessor in the seat, who holds the record as the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history. She worked as a consultant to the American Automobile Policy Council. She was a superdelegate for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Michigan

Michigan

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes region of the upper Midwestern United States. With a population of nearly 10.12 million and an area of nearly 97,000 sq mi (250,000 km2), Michigan is the 10th-largest state by population, the 11th-largest by area, and the largest by area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies. Its name derives from a gallicized variant of the original Ojibwe word ᒥᓯᑲᒥ, meaning "large water" or "large lake".

Jared Golden

Jared Golden

Jared Forrest Golden is an American politician and a Marine Corps veteran serving as the U.S. representative for Maine's 2nd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, his district, the largest east of the Mississippi River by area, covers the northern four-fifths of the state, including Lewiston, Bangor, and Auburn. Golden, along with Angus King and Chellie Pingree, are the first members of Congress to be elected by ranked-choice voting. Golden is the only member of Congress elected after finishing second in the first round of tabulation. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a United States Marine.

Maine

Maine

Maine is the easternmost state in the New England region of the Northeastern United States. It borders New Hampshire to the west, the Gulf of Maine to the southeast, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and northwest, respectively. The largest state by total area in New England, Maine is the 12th-smallest by area, the 9th-least populous, the 13th-least densely populated, and the most rural of the 50 U.S. states. It is also the northeasternmost among the contiguous United States, the northernmost state east of the Great Lakes, the only state whose name consists of a single syllable, and the only state to border exactly one other U.S. state. Approximately half the area of Maine lies on each side of the 45th parallel north in latitude. The most populous city in Maine is Portland, while its capital is Augusta.

Josh Gottheimer

Josh Gottheimer

Joshua S. Gottheimer is an American attorney, writer, and public policy adviser who has served as the U.S. representative for New Jersey's 5th congressional district since 2017. The district stretches along the northern border of the state from New York City's densely populated metropolitan suburbs in Bergen County northwest through exurban and rural territory in northern Passaic and Sussex Counties.

Josh Harder

Josh Harder

Joshua Keck Harder is an American politician and venture capital investor who has served as the U.S. representative from California's 9th congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he defeated Republican incumbent Jeff Denham in the 2018 election by five points. In 2020, he was reelected by a significantly larger margin than in 2018. He won reelection to California's new 9th congressional district, created through the 2020 redistricting process, which includes the majority of San Joaquin County.

Nevada

Nevada

Nevada is a state in the Western region of the United States. It is bordered by Oregon to the northwest, Idaho to the northeast, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast, and Utah to the east. Nevada is the 7th-most extensive, the 32nd-most populous, and the 9th-least densely populated of the U.S. states. Nearly three-quarters of Nevada's people live in Clark County, which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area, including three of the state's four largest incorporated cities. Nevada's capital is Carson City. Las Vegas is the largest city in the state.

Media coverage

The Problem Solvers Caucus has been finding itself in the middle of several key battles and is "proving to be a force on Capitol Hill, one that's willing to leave some bruises in its wake but also to make common cause with its natural Senate allies".[46]

Mark Pocan, a former caucus member and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a left-leaning organization, says he was "duped" by No Labels and the PSC, saying that rather than "breaking gridlock", it is "a fast track for special interests and lobbyists."[47]

Source: "Problem Solvers Caucus", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_Solvers_Caucus.

Enjoying Wikiz?

Enjoying Wikiz?

Get our FREE extension now!

References
  1. ^ Nilsen, Ella (November 26, 2018). "Nancy Pelosi's Problem Solvers Caucus problem, explained". Vox. Archived from the original on April 7, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Laslo, Matt (April 20, 2019). "U.S. House Democrats say squabbles are healthy sign as they move past 100 days". WHYY-TV. NPR. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Cannon, Carl M. (March 25, 2018). "Tiny Tent Political Parties". RealClearPolitics. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Centrist lawmakers band together to demand House reforms for the next speaker". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160328062208/http://www.nolabels.org/press-releases/no-labels-applauds-creation-of-congressional-problem-solvers-caucus/
  6. ^ a b "Our Co-Chairs". Problem Solvers Caucus. 5 June 2019. Archived from the original on May 13, 2021. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  7. ^ "Members of Congress introduce bipartisan legislation as the 'Problem Solvers'". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  8. ^ Brooks, David (2016-11-29). "Opinion | The Future of the American Center". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2021-07-17. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  9. ^ Camp, Dave (2013-02-04). "H.R.325 – 113th Congress (2013–2014): No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013". www.congress.gov. Archived from the original on 2021-07-17. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  10. ^ Cusack, Bob (2014-07-16). "New congressional caucus disavows 'kindergarten-style theatrics'". TheHill. Archived from the original on 2021-07-17. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  11. ^ Reed, Tom (2015-04-21). "H.Res.207 – 114th Congress (2015–2016): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding establishing a National Strategic Agenda". www.congress.gov. Archived from the original on 2021-07-17. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  12. ^ "Reed joins Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus". observertoday.com. Archived from the original on 2017-10-08. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  13. ^ a b Gottheimer, Josh; Reed, Tom (2017-08-04). "Let's Stop the Bickering and Fix the Health Care System". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2017-08-13. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  14. ^ a b Gottheimer, Josh; Reed, Tom (2017-08-04). "Opinion | Let's Stop the Bickering and Fix the Health Care System". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  15. ^ "The Democratic House wants to reform democracy. It's not a panacea — but it's a start". Washington Post. January 3, 2019. Archived from the original on January 8, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  16. ^ The Editorial Board. "Editorial: Who's ready for some bipartisanship in D.C.? We can dream". chicagotribune.com. Archived from the original on 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  17. ^ "Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Legislation to Investigate Jan. 6 Attack on U.S. Capitol | Problem Solvers Caucus". Problemsolverscaucus.house.gov. 2021-05-18. Archived from the original on 2022-02-06. Retrieved 2022-03-01.
  18. ^ "Roll Call 154 | Bill Number: H. R. 3233". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Clerk.house.gov. May 19, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-05-19. Retrieved 2022-03-01.
  19. ^ "Featured Members". Problem Solvers Caucus. Archived from the original on 2021-05-13. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  20. ^ "Problem Solvers Caucus Announces New Members for 117th Congress | Problem Solvers Caucus". 22 January 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-10-05. Retrieved 2021-10-05.
  21. ^ "Problem Solvers Caucus' $1.5 trillion coronavirus aid plan gains traction in House". syracuse.com. 2020-09-15. Archived from the original on 2021-07-15. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  22. ^ "Column: How Joe Cunningham lost". Daily Game Cock. Archived from the original on December 1, 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  23. ^ "Rep. Elizabeth Esty Won't Seek Re-Election in Wake of Abusive Staffer Disclosures". Roll Call. 2 April 2018. Archived from the original on 2020-11-27. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  24. ^ "Rep. Kendra Horn discusses losing the race for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District". Koco. Archived from the original on November 21, 2020. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  25. ^ "Anti-abortion Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski Loses Primary". US News. Archived from the original on 2020-03-18. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  26. ^ "Ben McAdams Concedes to Burgess Owens". Washntion Times. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  27. ^ Eric Bradner; Terence Burlij. "Dem's retirement gives Republicans a pickup opportunity". CNN. Archived from the original on 2018-11-22. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  28. ^ Schneier, Matthew (2019-01-09). "Colorado's Got a Gay Governor. Who Cares?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2020-06-09. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  29. ^ Dixon, Darius. "Jacky Rosen unseats Dean Heller in Nevada Senate race". POLITICO. Archived from the original on 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  30. ^ "Rep. Max Rose concedes congressional race to Nicole Malliotakis after bitter campaign". New York Post. 12 November 2020. Archived from the original on November 12, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  31. ^ Romero, Simon (2018-11-12). "Kyrsten Sinema Declared Winner in Arizona Senate Race". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2020-06-25. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  32. ^ "Problem Solvers Caucus creates problem for Nancy Pelosi". 2018-11-24. Archived from the original on 2021-03-08. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  33. ^ Swanson, Ian (2018-11-06). "Coffman loses GOP seat in Colorado". TheHill. Archived from the original on 2020-11-07. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  34. ^ Pramuk, Jacob (2018-03-26). "Republican Rep. Ryan Costello will retire, making it tougher for GOP to hold House majority". CNBC. Archived from the original on 2020-09-20. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  35. ^ Harder, Amy (7 November 2018). "Carlos Curbelo, Republican leader on climate, loses tight Florida race". Axios. Archived from the original on 2020-08-14. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  36. ^ Cheney, Kyle; Schneider, Elena. "Dent resigns, to leave Congress next month". POLITICO. Archived from the original on 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  37. ^ Foderaro, Lisa W. (2018-11-07). "Antonio Delgado Upsets John Faso as 3 House Republicans Fall to N.Y. Democrats". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2020-05-24. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  38. ^ Cochrane, Emily. "Will Hurd, Only Black Republican in House, Is Retiring From Congress". New York Times. Archived from the original on August 2, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  39. ^ Marcos, Cristina (2017-01-25). "Rep. Jenkins retiring from public office in 2018". TheHill. Archived from the original on 2020-11-07. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  40. ^ Hellmann, Jessie (2018-11-14). "MacArthur loses New Jersey House race to Democratic challenger Andy Kim". TheHill. Archived from the original on 2020-03-11. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  41. ^ Levy, Marc; Fram, Alan. "U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan resigns after sexual harassment charge". mcall.com. Archived from the original on 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  42. ^ "Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 1st Cuban-American in Congress, to retire". The Denver Post. The Associated Press. 2017-04-30. Archived from the original on 2020-11-06. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  43. ^ Burke, Melissa Nann. "Insider: GOP Rep. Trott retires to avoid 'dialing for dollars'". Detroit News. Archived from the original on 2021-04-27. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  44. ^ Axelrod, Tod (5 August 2020). "Rep. Steve Watkins loses Kansas primary after voter fraud charges". The Hill. Archived from the original on August 6, 2020. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  45. ^ Ta, Linh. "Republican Rep. David Young in defeat: 'Tonight the people, unfortunately, didn't choose our ideas'". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  46. ^ "Tom Reed's 'Problem Solvers' solve a problem, making enemies and friends in the process". The Buffalo News. 2019-07-08. Archived from the original on 2020-02-22. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  47. ^ Pocan, Rep Mark (2018-12-04). "'No Labels' Needs A Warning Label". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-12-05.

The content of this page is based on the Wikipedia article written by contributors..
The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence & the media files are available under their respective licenses; additional terms may apply.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use & Privacy Policy.
Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization & is not affiliated to WikiZ.com.