Coming to a vote
Coming to a vote
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:54am EST
COMING TO A VOTE: The House is scheduled to vote on No Budget, No Pay tomorrow, combined with the proposal to raise the debt ceiling for three more months. The bill would raise the debt ceiling and prompt Congress to pass a budget in a timely fashion -- or have their pay withheld: CNBC.com: House to Vote on ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Wednesday
THE NO LABELS MOMENT:
Bob Brennan writes that No Labels has a three-part vision for fixing Washington: “Give a voice to numerous citizens who want problems solved; create a space for lawmakers to work together; and enact simple reforms to make our government work more efficiently.” With the unveiling of the problem solvers group and the recent success of No Budget, No Pay, No Labels is well on its way to making a difference: Bob Brennan for AllVoices.com: Huntsman, Manchin Lead a Resolution to ‘Make America Work!’
On Monday, President Barack Obama dined with congressional Republicans after the Inauguration. Vice President Joe Biden said of the event, “There’s a sense -- sometimes it’s fleeting -- that maybe we can really begin to work together.” Rep. Pete Sessions echoed the sentiment, saying, “We should all show up and hope for the very best for each other to work together.” Across-the-aisle meetings like this one are a step in the right direction -- toward building trust across the aisle: Manu Raju for POLITICO: Lunching with frenemies: A taste of bipartisanship
This week, President Obama’s national security nominees -- Sen. Chuck Hagel and Sen. John Kerry -- will face their first test: Senate hearings. It is crucial that the Senate decide whether to confirm the nominees as soon as possible. With No Labels’ proposal, the Senate would have to vote within 90 days of the nomination, or the nominees would be automatically confirmed: Mark Landler for The New York Times: First Test of New Term Comes in Cabinet Hearings
STAT OF THE DAY:
The GAO released its financial report on the U.S. government on Thursday, to “little fanfare,” according to a statement from No Labels Co-Founder Dave Walker
. Here’s what the report showed: “The federal government’s total financial hole was about $69.8 trillion as of September 30, 2012, up from $65.5 trillion a year earlier. The current estimate of the federal financial hole is about $70.7 trillion and it is growing by an estimated $8.2 million a minute and about $350 billion a month.”
Please ask our U.S. senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and our U.S. representatives to support “no budget no pay” legislation.
Today -- the first day of 2013 -- we are over the fiscal cliff, but there are signs of movement from Washington. The Senate passed a last-minute stopgap measure last night 89-8 that would extend tax rates on annual household income under $450,000 and postpones automatic spending cuts for two months.
In today's Problem-Solver's Daily, we need more political courage in Washington, Mike Lofgren gives an inside look to dysfunction in Washington, and one reporter has grown frustrated with the rhetoric on both sides.