Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
FINGER-POINTING: Instead of focusing on problem-solving, Congress is focused on finger-pointing. With elections coming up in November, both sides of the aisle are playing the blame game instead of legislating. This process is limiting Washington's ability to pass laws and actually help Americans: Molly Hopper forThe Hill: Republicans pinning sequester on Obama and Alexander Bolton for The Hill: Reid accuses Senate GOP of blocking outsourcing bill to protect Romney
GRIDLOCK IS LEADING TO THE CLIFF: With the fiscal cliff approaching, Congress is doing little to solve the problem before the election. "But with no serious negotiations under way between the House, the Senate or the White House, Congress is barreling closer to the fiscal cliff that awaits the country, with no parachute in sight, and did little more this week than argue over who deserves more of the blame." Patricia Murphy for The Daily Beast: Mired in Gridlock, Congress Barrels Toward a Fiscal Cliff Over Debt
BREAKING HYPER-PARTISANSHIP: John McCain was on Morning Joe today talking about what Washington should do to help get America back on track. "We should be talking about the issues that are important to the voters' everyday lives," he says: Morning Joe: McCain: Obama must 'speak up' on Syria
NOVEMBER CRYSTAL BALL: There are many close races this election cycle and the future balance of Congress is unknown. Some outcomes for the Senate include Democrats holding the Senate with a slight majority, Republicans flip the Senate and win a narrow majority, or both parties hold 50 seats apiece and ties are decided by the winner of the White House and his vice president’s tie-breaking vote: Kyle Trygstad for Roll Call: Reading the Tea Leaves: How the Senate Could Look
THE DAILY BREAK: There are many famous speeches in Washington, but what about Cooperstown, New York? The home of the Baseball Hall of Fame has seen their fair share of speeches and here are the 10 best: Lisa Davies and Jamie Serlin for The Huffington Post: Girls Guide to the Top 10 Baseball Hall of Fame Speeches
ACTION OF THE DAY: Call your local representative to urge them to pass Senate bill 679 in the House, which eliminates the requirement of Senate approval of specified presidentially-appointed positions in federal agencies and departments. This is similar to proposal 5 in our Make the Presidency Work! action plan, which calls to reduce the number of appointees subject to senate confirmation Click here to contact your representative
STAT OF THE DAY: The House has finally approved its defense appropriations this year with a bipartisan amendment to freeze defense spending at 2012 levels - about $606 billion. Now, they just need to breach the chasm with the Senate; which sticking to the Budget Control Act in its defense appropriations, has set defense spending at about $600 billion: David Rogers for POLITICO: House approves $606B defense budget