(CNN) - Start with "No Budget, No Pay!" That's the first recommendation of a group looking to get Congress to be more productive and collegial.
It means if Capitol Hill legislators cannot work out a complete budget on time - something that has not been done in years - they should not get paid. That radical notion is the first of a dozen suggestions from No Labels, a bipartisan grassroots organization started a year ago.
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On Tuesday, those recommendations were delivered to Congress inside the Cannon House Office Building's Caucus Room, where wheeling and dealing among members is often the order.
Other ideas: make "filibusters" real, by requiring someone to actually hold forth on the Senate floor, instead of just requiring 60 votes as is now the stall-inducing norm; monthly bipartisan gatherings, and taking a page out of Canadian and British parliaments by having the president up for questions, regularly.
Oh, and require members to only pledge allegiance to the flag; and not allow them to take any other pledges, such as Americans for Tax Reform's "No new taxes" promise.
"The vast majority of Americans think the political parties should be working together in Washington," Mark McKinnon, one of No Labels founders, said. Famed as an advertising and message guru for both of George W. Bush's presidential bids, McKinnon has also worked for Democrats over the years.
"We've got huge challenges and we're just trying to create a voice for the middle of America with No Labels," McKinnon added. This is not an attempt to create a third, moderate party, but to get Democrats and Republicans off their far-end-of-the-spectrum positions, McKinnon told CNN Radio.
While belonging to a party is not a bad thing in McKinnon's eyes, No Labels is an effort to get beyond the standard positions of Democrats and Republicans. The label conservative or liberal is what he'd like to banish, figuratively, so compromise is possible.
A couple hundred supporters of the idea were on hand in the caucus room. Legislators included Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana. A few Republican moderates back No Labels, including former Delaware Sen. Mike Castle.
The expectation of the group is that tens of thousands of Americans, frustrated at constant gridlock, will groundswell No Labels into a major movement that candidates will not be able to ignore next year.
Almost Contract with America-like, the group's goal they say is to implement many of the suggestions via rules changes that do not require legislation, just a certain amount of will.