Tuesday evening, the Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Tom Reed (NY-23) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) delivered a bipartisan message in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. Echoing a call for unity, the caucus co-chairs shared their approach to finding common ground, across party lines, with the American people, and their efforts to increase unity and agreement in a culture of trust.
In the video, Reed said when he heard Trump talk about working across the aisle, he felt like standing up and saying, "There's a group of us already here. working together, having real conversations with each other, respecting each other's views."
He said the group has spent time discussing major issues including health care, immigration, and infrastructure.
"At the end of the day when you go into your extreme camps, nobody wins," added Reed, who said he and Gottheimer have become good friends through the process.
Gottheimer added, "Let's all ignore the loud voices on the extremes and figure out where that area is in the middle where we can agree to do what's best for our country," adding, "It's not always easy, but if you sit down together and are willing to be open-minded, you can do what the American public wants you to do." said Gottheimer.
The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in Congress comprised of 48 members – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. It is co-chaired by Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Reed (R-NY).
See the video HERE.
The Caucus has announced principles to resolve the impasse on DACA and border security, the details of which can be found HERE.