Bipartisan coalition tries to break D.C. dysfunction

Updated
The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is seen as the sun sets on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is seen as the sun sets on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
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While some lawmakers continue to set up roadblocks on Capitol Hill, there’s a growing group of lawmakers trying to break through the partisan gridlock.

“This is about actually getting it done,” Republican Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado told Jansing & Co Tuesday.

Gardner is among more than 80 lawmakers who’ve joined the bipartisan group “No Labels” in unveiling a package of bills aimed at ending the D.C. dysfunction.

“Common ground leadership leads to common sense solutions and that’s what these nine bills represent.” said Gardner.

“We’re at ‘stallspeak’ here in Congress and we’re not talking to one another,” Democratic Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont told Jansing & Co. “Cory and I disagree on a lot of things, but we both feel a common responsibility to find where do we agree and make progress on that. We’re having a tough time breaking down the partisan barriers to progress in the House.”

Big barriers remain on immigration reform, the farm bill and a ‘grand bargain’ on taxes and spending.

Watch the full interview with Representatives Welch and Gardner below:

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Bipartisan coalition tries to break D.C. dysfunction

Updated