Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
5 MEMORABLE FILIBUSTERS: Which one of the following filibusters involved poison? 1) An early 1900s filibuster in the Rhode Island Senate 2) Strom Thurmond's 24-hour 18-minute filibuster during debate over the Civil Rights Act of 1957 3) Huey Long's 1935 filibuster when he asked the press what he should talk about (eventually he decided recipes) 4) Robert LaFollette's 1908 filibuster to protest a banking bill 5) Bernie Sanders' filibuster in 2010 over the extension of the Bush tax cuts. Click here to find out in our latest blog post discussing the five most memorable filibusters.
PROTECTING DEFENSE? Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned efforts to protect the defense budget at the expense of other programs was likely to bring more gridlock to Congress. In response, Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Panetta was operating under misconceptions. Gridlock continues: David Alexander for Reuters: Top Republican rejects Panetta’s defense budget criticism
AMERICA’S GREATEST THREAT: is bioterrorism, according to a congressionally mandated commission from four years ago. In spite of the importance, Sen. Bob Graham, who led that commission, said its recommendations are almost assured of failure because of the hyper-partisan climate on Capitol Hill: Andrea Stone for The Huffington Post: Bioterrorism Bill Gridlocked in Congress
ONE SENATOR'S EULOGY OF THE CENTER: Former Sen. Arlen Specter laments the death of the political center in his new book. “Ideological purity has become a precondition for support,” Specter writes. “Politics is no longer the art of the possible when Senators are intransigent in their positions. Polarization of the political parties has followed." What Specter doesn't realize is while moderates might be on their way out, problem-solvers in Congress are still around -- and more, like former Gov. Angus King (I-ME), are on their way: Emily Cahn & John Bicknell for Roll Call: The World According to Arlen
STAT OF THE DAY: Army Vice Chief-of-Staff Gen. Lloyd Austin has suggested that the defense sequester that was planned in case the Super Committee could not strike a deal on taxes and entitlement spending will mean, among other things, a reduction of 100,000 troops in the US Army. This is in addition to a pre-planned troop reduction of 80,000: Philip Ewing for DoD Buzz: Gridlock
ACTION OF THE DAY: Be sure to thank all the moms in your life. Happy Mother's Day!