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Tired of partisan bickering and political gridlock? So are we! That’s why the Bipartisan Policy Center created Citizens for Political Reform. It’s a new initiative to empower voters to take back their democracy and help create positive change at the local and national levels. It’s about what you can do to make a difference if you’re frustrated with the current political environment.
Thousands of Americans have already become Citizens for Political Reform, and we want you to join us! Why? By signing up you will:
Send a message to our nation’s leaders: it’s time to end the partisan gridlock and political dysfunction in Washington.
Stay informed through the Citizens monthly newsletter about the latest issues pending before Congress and the leaders who are reaching across the aisle to get things done.
Stand up for change by supporting BPC’s Commission on Political Reform, a group of 30 civic leaders working to create a package of bipartisan reform recommendations that can help fix what’s broken in our political system.
Invite your friends and family to join Citizens for Political Reform today and send us your thoughts on how to reform America’s political system and end gridlock by tweeting using the hashtag #EngageUSA.
From the Americans with Disabilities Act to Campaign Finance Reform to No Child Left Behind and more, many significant legislative achievements have been successful due to cross-party collaboration. Rather than lamenting cooperation as a relic of days gone by, the Bipartisan Champions series will highlight current lawmakers who are working across the aisle and getting things done.
A JOLT for Jobs and the Economy
This month, BPC highlights Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Joe Heck (R-NV) for their bipartisan effort to improve the U.S. economy and create jobs by making it easier for foreign visitors to travel to the U.S. The Congressmen have worked together to introduce H.R. 1354, the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act.
50 State Solutions
There is much Washington decision-makers can learn from their state and local counterparts. The 50 State Solutions series offers examples of bipartisan leadership in the states with the hope that some of it will rub off on our D.C. representatives, and provide examples for Washington to follow. Please suggest examples in your own community of state and local officials from both parties working together to get things done for you. Use the hashtag #50StateSolutions on Twitter.
Governors Call for Bipartisanship in State of the State Addresses
With the start of a new year, governors, like the president, gave their annual state of the state addresses. We would like to commend those governors who used their annual address as an opportunity to call for bipartisanship and interparty cooperation.
Common Ground Project
The Common Ground Project provides you with real-time insights into key issues before Congress, what’s holding back passage of legislation, and where there might be common ground.
The Issue: The Debt Limit
The debt limit is a law that restricts the amount that the federal government is allowed to borrow to finance its obligations. The limit has been raised dozens of times since it was instituted in 1917, including under every president since FDR. In part, the increase in debt (and thus, the debt limit) has been a result of the huge growth of the U.S. economy and substantial expansion in the role of government over the past century.
We Can Fix It
As Citizens for Political Reform, it’s up to all of us to make our collective voice heard to influence our leaders in Washington and across the country to make our government work. Every week, BPC will ask Citizens for Political Reform questions to solicit ways to improve government. Responses to these questions will be used to help inform the Commission on Political Reform and policy makers about public opinion.
In our Snaps of Service photo contest, we asked people to send us a photo of their public service. We were thrilled to receive submissions from all over the country, not to mention a number of international entries. Members of BPC’s Commission on Political Reform honored the winners at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center on July 22, 2013. View the winning entries l View more finalists
Thank you for your interest in joining the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Citizens for Political Reform.
By working with us, you will have the chance to help shape a reform agenda and support leaders who show the courage and the independence to work across the aisle and get things done.
Citizenship has its privileges and responsibilities. This country was built on Americans standing up and doing the right thing. Our broken political system can be fixed if we demand bipartisanship and collaboration.
We need your input. Here’s how you can help:
"Do not underestimate your voice!" Olympia Snowe on @theviewtv— Lonnell Williams (@3LWTV) May 16, 2013