Thompson Receives National Award for Leadership Role With Bipartisan No Labels Group

Sep 26, 2014

Bellefonte, PA – No Labels, a fast growing, grassroots national movement dedicated to bipartisan, ending political gridlock, and solving national problems through consensus building has awarded U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) its “Seal of Approval” award.  Thompson, joined by local public officials and Centre County resident Mr. David Nevins, a No Labels Citizen Leader and Board Member, discussed the award and ongoing efforts at all levels of government to overcome partisan politics and build consensus on policy solutions.  

“GT Thompson has only been in Congress for three terms but he’s shown a commitment to bipartisan problem solving since the very start,” said Bill Galston, a Co-Founder of No Labels. “We welcome his support of the National Strategic Agenda, and look forward to working with him to define and build support for the agenda in the months and years ahead.”

Thompson is one of the original House members to join No Labels as a member of the organization’s Problem Solvers coalition, which is now composed of close to 100 members of the House and Senate. The group meets on a bi-monthly basis.

No Labels’ National Strategic Agenda calls for America’s political leaders to commit to a new governing process that includes, creating 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years; balancing the federal budget by 2030; securing Medicare and Social Security for another 75 years; and making America energy secure by 2024.

“Today we are here to discuss efforts at all levels of government to overcome gridlock and partisanship and find common ground on issues important to the American people,” stated Thompson during a press conference in Bellefonte, PA. "Since being elected, I’ve reached across the aisle on every single piece of legislation that I introduce. It’s the only way to actually get something done. The No Labels movement speaks to this philosophy of governance."

"It’s an honor to receive this award. And what better way to further this dialogue, than by joining with political leaders at the local level, who every day come to the table to work in a non-partisan fashion and find common ground on behalf of their constituents," Thompson added.

“One of the major accomplishments of No Labels has been the formation of a Problem Solvers coalition now consisting of over 90 members of Congress, 50% Democrats and 50% Republicans,” stated Mr. Nevins, who became involved with No Labels more than four years ago.

"Congressman Thompson has been an active participant in this bi-partisan process from the outset.  I want to thank Congressman Thompson for reaching across the aisle to work with members of the other party to move our country forward,” Mr. Nevins added.  “The No Labels Seal of Approval is not an endorsement. I have spoken the same words of other members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, who like Thompson believe in the necessity of a collaborative process between Democrats and Republicans.”

Local officials in attendance included Pennsylvania State Representatives; Centre County Commissioners; Clearfield County Commissioners; and Centre County’s Administrator, Treasurer, and Jury Commissioner.