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Ex-Sen. Lieberman Praising, Pushing Trump to Work With Dems

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By    |   Sunday, 01 October 2017 09:28 AM

Praising President Donald Trump's deal with Democrats on extending the debt limit and providing quick hurricane relief, former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., is working with the bipartisan group No Labels to bridge more gaps between stalemated parties in Congress.

"We're trying to put pressure on in the right places, basically saying people to work together, even though they're across party lines, even though they may be threatened by their own parties: We have your back; we'll support you in the primary; we'll support you in the general election," Lieberman told Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y.

"We want you to solve our country's problems and take advantage of the opportunities, and if you do, we won't let you go down."

No Labels has a 44 representatives 'problem solvers' caucus divided equally among Republican and Democrats in the House. This group came up with a bill to stabilize the health insurance markets and worked with the Senate health committee on a bill that "won't repeal Obamacare but will fix part of it, and ultimately that's the way it's going to be changed," Lieberman said.

"When I came out of the U.S. Senate after the 24 years, I was really frustrated by how partisan the whole place had gotten, people were not working together, problems were not being solved, and we really weren't getting anything done for the people who were good enough to send us there to represent them," Lieberman told radio host John Catsimatidis, pinning the start of the stalemate on the inaction during the Obama administration.

"No Labels had been existed before then — that was 2013 — basically formed by a group of people that were frustrated that their government wasn't producing, wasn't solving problems, and decided they could either gripe about it or do something about it, so they started to do something."

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Looking at the current stalemate in Congress, Lieberman praised Trump's deal with Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on extending debt limit and providing quick hurricane relief.

"[Trump] can get a lot done, but it is only going to happen if there are not only Republicans, but Democrats along with him," Lieberman said.

". . . Frankly, from a negotiating point of view – and I'm the last person who should be giving advice to Donald Trump about negotiating – if he begins to negotiate some agreements with the Democrats, it is going to make some of the Republicans who have been pushing him to do things he doesn't want to do a little more reasonable in negotiating with him, too."

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