Despite the prevailing image of congressional lawmakers entrenched in their camps on Capitol Hill, there are some members who are working to develop bipartisan relationships, the Lehigh Valley's U.S. Rep.
Dent sat on stage with nine bipartisan colleagues Monday morning, none of whom were introduced by their party affiliation, for a townhall discussion on solving the nation's problems outside of political parties.
Organized by No Labels, a grassroots group founded in 2010, its effort is to break through the Washington gridlock that has caused, for example, a downgrade of America's credit rating and forced a bitter vote on the man made
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The group aims to have closer to 70 lawmakers on board, with former Gov.
Dent encouraged those in attendance to reach out to their lawmakers, especially those in safe districts. He said attracting them will be the biggest challenge, but the goal is to show those afraid of diverging from "party orthodox that we're not asking anyone to check their party ideology at the door."