A Wisconsin congressman says the passage of the No Budget No Pay Act earlier this year is proof that politicians from different sides of the aisle can work together in Washington.
Reid Ribble (R-Sherwood), who delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Door County Economic Development Corporation in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday, is one of the founding members of the bipartisan 'Problem Solvers' group. Ribble says the group started with four members -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- and now has swelled to 76.
Ribble says when he first got to Washington after being elected in 2010 he found the extreme partisanship "bizarre" and wanted to do what he could to shift the focus from political point-scoring to problem solving.
Ribble says the next issue on the group's radar is duplicative government services. He says in July they'll be introducing a series of eight reforms to tackle the problem.
"Because right now we've got all these services that happen in multiple silos but no one's talking to each other," says Ribble. "We're going to start combining those and we're going to begin to root out waste based on the GAO (Government Accountability Office) report."