Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
CAMPAIGNING NOT PROBLEM SOLVING: After a long summer recess, the House has cancelled its remaining days in session until election day. They’re coming back next week for just three days, and then heading home to their districts to campaign. Although the House has passed a temporary spending bill to keep the government funded for the next six months, they won’t be in town to work on the many crucial issues in the coming months: Ed O’Keefe for The Washington Post: House cancels October sessions
IMPENDING DOOM: That’s what the fiscal cliff is beginning to sound like. While it’s been clear that our economy will suffer greatly if Congress does not get to work to avoid the cliff, the White House has now released a report saying that the automatic across-the-board cuts “would be deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions.” But instead of using the release of this report as a catalyst to work together to fix the problem, the Democrats and Republicans are just pointing fingers and placing blame: Austin Wright and Jonathan Allen for POLITICO: White House: Sequester “deeply destructive” to defense
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: No Labels Co-Founder David Walker is traveling across the country to talk about our $10 million a minute problem: government debt. Anderson Cooper joined him this week, and talked fiscal responsibility with Walker on AC360. Click here to check out a video clip of their interview.
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STAT OF THE DAY: The White House released a report yesterday on the expected effects of the blind cuts. The results include: a 10 percent cut to discretionary defense spending, a 9.4 percent cut to non-discretionary defense spending, a more than eight percent cut to non-defense discretionary spending, a two percent cut to Medicare spending, and a 7.2 percent cut to non-defense, non-discretionary spending. Carlo Muñoz for The Hill: White House details automatic budget cuts, calls them 'blunt, indiscriminate'