Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
TROUBLES WITH TRANSPORTATION: As it becomes increasingly unlikely the House and Senate will be able to agree on a long-term extension to federal highway and transit programs by the time the current bill expires at the end of the month, some lawmakers are trying to find solutions. “It’s a mistake sometimes to draw a line in the sand ... instead of just sitting down and talking over a situation,” Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) said, explaining that he has sought to impress on House freshmen that as a conservative, “there is a conservative position in this. And that is to have a bill. Because if you don’t have a bill, there’s only one other choice — you have to do extensions.” Inhofe says that results in “throwing away a third of the money that should be spent on highways. And I just can’t let that happen.” John Stanton for Roll Call: Crucial Week for Highway Bill
IN TROUBLED WORLD, AMERICA MUST BE ROCK OF STABILITY: Europe, America, China and the Arab world have squandered dividends in recent years, Thomas Friedman writes. It's time for America to step up. "If I were President Obama, I’d focus my entire campaign now on an effort to reforge a “grand bargain” with Republicans based on a near-term infrastructure stimulus tied with a Simpson-Bowles long-term fiscal rebalancing. At a minimum, it would show that Obama has a sensible plan to fix the economy — which is what people want most from the president — and many in business would surely support it. We cannot wait until January to do serious policy making again. We, and the world, need America to be a rock of stability — now." Thomas Friedman for The New York Times: What the Locusts Ate
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