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 MoranJim MoranTen House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt The Hill's 12:30 Report Big names free to lobby in 2016 MORE (D-Va.), Reid RibbleReid RibbleRepublicans who vow to never back Trump Who will be winners in Wisconsin? Our pundits weigh in Ten House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt MORE (R-Wis.), Scott RigellScott RigellRepublicans who vow to never back Trump GOP lawmaker: I wouldn't vote for Cruz or Trump in November Potential Trump adviser claimed role in secret Libya peace talks MORE (R-Va.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Peter WelchPeter WelchGOP rep debates future of cybersecurity bill The recovery is underway Consumers have the right to know what is in their food MORE (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.

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