Monday February 04, 2013 | 03:47 PM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, became the latest member of Congress to join the “problem solvers” group affiliated with the organization No Labels.

Michaud, who represents Maine’s 2nd District, joins 33 other members of the House and Senate from various political backgrounds who have pledged to meet regularly to “build trust across the aisles” and work on major issues with members of different political parties.

Formed just after the November 2010 elections, No Labels describes itself as a grassroots organization that aims to encourage elected officials to put aside partisan politics and work together on issues. No Labels, which holds conferences and other events around the country, has also become active on some policy issues, such as pushing for the “No Budget, No Pay” recently passed by Congress.

“Whether you’re on the manufacturing floor or running a small business, you don’t divide based on political party -- you work together to get the job done,” Michaud said in a statement. “That’s what needs to happen in Congress, and it’s sad it hasn’t been that way for years. I’ve been impressed at the collaboration shown in the meetings of this group so far, and I look forward to building on this productive dialogue.”

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is already active with No Labels as is former Maine independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah are the organization’s designated “national leaders.”


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