By The Leader Staff
U.S. Representative David Valadao
U.S. Representative David Valadao

A bi-partisan organization entitled No Labels this week awarded its “Problem Solver Seal of Approval” to Congressman David G. Valadao, who represents a large chunk of the San Joaquin Valley, including Kings County, and who is also running for re-election in California’s 21st Congressional District.

A pair of moderate former elected officials – former Republican Utah Governor John Huntsman and former U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman, chair the organization.

Valadao, according to an article in The Fresno Bee, recently announced that he could not support his own Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump. Neither will he support the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

According to The Bee, the Hanford Republican, in a statement, says he cannot support a candidate whose divisive rhetoric “denigrates people based on their ethnicity, religion, or disabilities.”

The Seal of Approval is awarded to candidates and members of Congress who meet two specific criteria that signify a commitment to bipartisan problem solving.

“No Labels is focused on ensuring our next president and Congress are prepared to immediately get to work on the problems that matter to the American people,” said No Labels Co-Chair Senator Lieberman. “The Problem Solver Seal of Approval is a tangible commitment to voters in his district that he is prepared to reach across the aisle after this election, forge agreement on common goals, and work to find bipartisan solutions. In an evenly divided Congress, these are the only kind of solutions that are going to work.”

 Upon receiving the award, Congressman David G. Valadao stated, “When I was elected, I promised to work with both sides of the aisle to address the challenges facing our nation. In order to solve the difficult problems, both parties must come together to find sensible common ground.”

Receipt of the Problem Solver Seal of Approval is conditioned upon two commitments by a candidate or member of Congress. One is signing House Resolution 207, a congressional resolution calling for the creation of a new National Strategic Agenda featuring four goals that were chosen with direct input from the American people.

•          Create twenty-five million new jobs over the next ten years

•          Secure Social Security and Medicare for the next seventy-five years

•          Balance the federal budget by 2030 and make America energy secure by 2024

Congressman Valadao is one of eighty-two members of Congress who have signed the resolution and are committed to engaging in a new goals-driven process with the next president and congressional colleagues from both political parties.

“Our next president—whoever it is—will need leaders on both sides in Congress who are willing to pivot quickly from a rough and tumble campaign to the serious business of governing,” said Huntsman. “In accepting the Problem Solver Seal of Approval, Congressman Valadao is committing to voters that he intends to take a pause from the permanent campaign in Washington and govern as a bipartisan problem solver. The more candidates who make this commitment, the better chance Washington will have to tackle serious issues in early 2017. There is no time to waste.”