Rep. Todd Young seeks bi-partisan solution to government shutdownOctober 10th, 2013 at 4:45 pm by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
An Indiana Republican joined in a bi-partisan effort to end the government shutdown Thursday. Rep. Todd Young (R-9th District) is one of 52 members of Congress who took part in a Capitol Hill News Conference conducted by a group called No Labels.
No Labels is made up of Republicans and Democrats who believe that it is still possible for the parties to work together in Congress. Todd Young says that’s the only way the government shutdown ends. “My hope is that we can actually get some concrete proposals out of this group,” he said in a WISH-TV interview, “as we’ve done in the past.”
Young was there when one of the leaders of No Labels spelled out the current problem this way: “Unfortunately in our country today most Americans believe much of their government is fighting just to fight,” said Rep. Reid Riggle (R-Wisconsin,) “and it’s now about the fight and not about fixing things.”
Young didn’t get an opportunity to speak at the event but he did at an earlier No Labels event in July. “Clearly we have a mandate,” he said then, “we have a mandate to work together to find practical solutions to pressing challenges. I’m here to fulfill the mandate of the American people. I’m proud to be part of this coalition.”
It’s a contrast to the actions of other Indiana Republicans who have been outspoken about opposition to the President and the Democrats and, in Young’s case, it’s on purpose. “People are growing weary of some of the strident rhetoric, the personal attacks, the outright demogoguery of some of our public discourse,” he said, “and that needs to stop.”
No Labels is an organization that was started three years ago with the help of Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh. Todd Young says his membership is based on the belief that he can both reach out to Democrats and be loyal to the Republican leadership.