Bipartisan lawmakers join problem solving group in a divided Congress

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A new effort to bridge the deep divide on Capitol Hill.

“To model a new way of getting things done," Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said.

Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins and West Virginia’s Democratic Senator Joe Manchin joining the group No Labels. A group that describes themselves as a movement of Democrats, Republicans and Independents working to solve problems in Congress.

“I knew this was the organization to try to hold America together," Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said.

No Labels touts bipartisanship but has preciously endorsed one candidate over another. Manchin left when the group endorsed Colorado Senator Cory Gardner over Senator Udall. But Manchin said that won’t be happening again.

“Not while I’m involved," Manchin said.

The group has been around since 2010 pushing for a bipartisan way forward but critics question the organizations accomplishments.

“Over the course of their existence Congress has become more divisive, less bipartisan," Ryan Williams a Republican Strategist said.

Williams said groups like ‘No Labels’ really don’t have a lot of influence on how Congress operates.

While he said Manchin and Collins are two of the most bipartisan lawmakers in Congress, it won’t make much of a difference when it comes to moving legislation forward.

"Just because they’re signing up with this organization I don’t really think that will change the dynamics in the senate and the house. There still are a great deal of challenges ahead to get any compromise on big issues like healthcare, tax reform and others," Williams said.

With those issues and the deadline to fund the government right around the corner. The group has their work cut out for them as a divided Congress has still yet to pass any of the Republicans key campaign promises.

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