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No Labels group rolls out bipartisan proposals

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Rep. Peter Welch Rep. Peter Welch

A bipartisan group in Congress in promising to "make government work."

The 80 members of the No Labels coalition on Thursday introduced their first legislative package-- nine bills aimed at government efficiency.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is founding member of the group. He says these bills represent a first step toward breaking down the partisan divide that has stymied congressional action on issues big and small.

"What I'm pleased about is there are many Republicans hearing from their constituents the same thing that I hear from Vermonters. And that is, 'Peter, why don't you get together and get something done?' So you've got rank and file members of Congress coming together and saying, 'You know what? This is a beginning.' We're going to be talking to our leadership and the goal here is to make progress," said Welch, D-Vermont.

Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders are not members of the No Labels coalition and Welch says he has not urged them to join. Though the group has some Senate members, Welch says the group is mainly focused on breaking the gridlock in the House of Representatives.

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