U.S. Rep Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is among 70 members of Congress — Republicans, Democrats and independents — who are expected to wear No Labels’ Problem Solver lapel pins in the House chamber during Tuesday’s State of the Union Address.

The idea, according to a press release, is to signify support “for a new politics of problem solving.”

No Labels National Co-Chairman Jon Huntsman said in a statement, “This pin is the symbol of a new type of politics, in which leaders agree to goals as a first step, similar to the way President Clinton and Speaker Gingrich did in the 1990s, when they first agreed to the goal of a balanced budget and then followed through with the policy specifics to meet that goal.”

U.S. Capitol view from the southwest

The U.S. Capitol.


The members wearing the Problem Solver lapel pin have agreed to the following four goals:

  • Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years;
  • Secure Medicare and Social Security for another 75 years;
  • Balance the federal budget by 2030; and
  • Make America energy secure by 2024.

“The first step in this process is to agree to goals,” said Huntsman. “Only then can the policy specifics follow. No Labels will lead the conversation by unveiling its own National Strategic Agenda in New Hampshire on October 5 in its effort to launch a new era of problem solving in government.”

Huntsman ran for president in 2012 as a Republican. The No Labels National co-chairman is Joe Lieberman, who ran for vice president in 2000 as a Democrat.

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