Jenkins wants to fix problems

When U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, was a state lawmaker, she had a reputation for being pragmatic and middle-of-the-road. But after she was elected to Congress in 2008, she soon became, by her own admission, a proud member of the party of “no.” So it is encouraging that that she has joined the No Labels coalition seeking to break the partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C. “This Congress is terribly unpopular, and for good reason: Next to nothing is getting done,” Jenkins said in statement last week. She told the Topeka Capital-Journal that the solution to the dysfunction is for lawmakers to seek common ground. “In a divided Washington, neither Democrats nor Republicans can get things done unilaterally,” she said. “Either we work together to fix problems, or we achieve nothing.”