President Obama Endorses No Labels Proposal on Presidential Nominations

Jan 24, 2012, 22:55 ET from No Labels

Up-or-Down Vote Within 90 Days on Nominations Will Help Fix Washington

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At tonight's State of the Union address, President Obama endorsed one of No Labels' 12 proposals in its Make Congress Work! action plan, with his call for the Senate to pass a rule that all judicial and public service nominations receive a simple up-or-down vote within 90 days.

"President Obama's endorsement of the 90 day up-or-down vote on nominations is a clear validation of No Labels' agenda," said No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston. "Citizens are frustrated with the endless gridlock in Washington and want to see real reform to the way Congress works. No Labels is looking forward to partnering with the President and congressional supporters from both sides of the aisle to break the logjam on Capitol Hill."

In addition, at tonight's address, No Labels' campaign for bipartisan seating led directly to at least 208 members of Congress agreeing to sit together with colleagues from the opposite party.

Click here for a full list of members who agreed to sit with members of the opposite party at tonight's State of the Union, and click here to read the full 12-point Make Congress Work! action plan.

No Labels is a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents who want our government to work again. Our dozen proposals to make Congress work mostly don't require new laws or new spending, and don't favor any party or particular cause. These are simple, straightforward proposals to break gridlock, promote constructive discussion and reduce polarization in Congress. They can mostly be adopted all at once when the next Congress convenes in January 2013.

For more information on the Make Congress Work! action plan or to arrange an interview with a No Labels co-founder, please contact Sarah Feldman at or (202) 588-1990. To learn more about No Labels, please visit

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