This week, the Problem Solvers Caucus tried to claim the middle ground on Capitol Hill with 28 Democrats, including two from Florida, and 28 Republicans joining it.
The two co-chairs of the caucus–U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-NJ, and Tom Reed, R-NY, weighed on what they hope to accompany over the next two years.
“Over the last four years, we’ve steadily illustrated the benefits of bipartisan lawmaking and the power of working together to break the gridlock. Now, we’re ready to build on that progress, help the nation heal, and ensure Washington is finally focused on best serving the needs of the American people,” said Reed. “The continued growth of the caucus, including our wonderful class of new members, is a testament to the growing number of proud Republicans and proud Democrats in Congress willing to put country before party.”
“As the president said yesterday, we must put country first, find ways to bind our wounds, and unite to tackle our toughest challenges — from the virus to the economy. With Congress now narrowly divided in both chambers, bipartisanship will be key to enacting meaningful legislation,” said Gottheimer. “With this new class of Problem Solvers Caucus members, it’s clear that there is growing enthusiasm to break through the gridlock in Congress and work across the aisle to help move our nation forward. I’m honored to help lead this group this Congress at such a pivotal moment.”
Democratic U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto, who both represent parts of Central Florida, will continue in the caucus.
“Now more than ever, our constituents are counting on us to look beyond party lines and lead our nation to common purpose, common ground and commonsense solutions,” Soto said on Monday. “That’s why I’m honored to once again be a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus for another Congress. With President Biden’s leadership, we stand ready to confront the challenges that lie ahead with a fresh perspective and eagerness to move our country forward. Let’s get to work!”
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