You've got to wear the ribbon

Jim Cooper is going to wear an orange "No Labels" pin at the State of the Union:

Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper will join the other 40 members of No Labels’ “problem solvers” in wearing the group’s “Stop Fighting, Start Fixing” pin at President Obama’s State of the Union address. Cooper is one of two members of the Tennessee congressional delegation to join the “problem solvers.”    

The problem solvers are a group of congressional Democrats and Republicans who have agreed to meet regularly to build trust across the aisle. First announced at No Labels’ Meeting to Make America Work! on January 14, the “problem solvers” have already held their first meeting, and have managed to recruit a dozen additional colleagues. Rep. Cooper will be working to convince more of his colleagues to “get pinned” in the days before the State of the Union and the “problem solvers” aim to have 70 or more members join the group by year end

“Any effort to get something like this off the ground takes real leadership and we’re so appreciative that Rep. Cooper has been such a strong early advocate for the ‘problem solvers,” said No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Joe Manchin. “This group is the only forum in DC where Democrats and Republicans can sit across from one another to discuss issues and forge solutions, and it’s great to see so many members showing their public support at the State of the Union.”

“There is no ideological litmus test to join this group,” No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Gov. Jon Huntsman said. “We welcome everyone – left, right and everything in between – so long as they are willing to collaborate with one another to seek shared success for America. This new attitude is what No Labels is all about, and it’s an attitude that Rep. Cooper has heartily embraced.”

No Labels is working with the current crop of “problem solvers” to actively recruit new members to the group, and today sent invitations to all members of Congress.