Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
INACTION IN CONGRESS: Congress needs to start working again. No Labels Co-Founder and former United States Comptroller General Dave Walker says No Budget, No Pay is a good place to start. "Our country faces serious fiscal and other challenges, and they are about to become even more dire with the year-end 'fiscal cliff'," Walker argues. "Yet all Congress can do is take symbolic votes that yield no tangible results and punt the money ball down the field for another six months." Dave Walker for The New York Times: How to Make Congress Do Its Job: No Budget, No Pay
THE POSTAL SERVICE NEEDS A SOLUTION: The United States Postal Service reported a $5.2 billion quarterly loss on Thursday. The government agency said it was close to exhausting its government credit line and could soon be forced to choose between stopping services or defaulting on a second multibillion-dollar retiree obligation. In order to avoid a shutdown, USPS needs Congress to break through the gridlock and pass a bill that will put the agency on solid financial footing: Eric Morath forThe Wall Street Journal: Postal Service Posts Big Loss as Cash Runs Low
LACKING LEADERSHIP: America faces real challenges in the near future, and yet our country's leaders are largely avoiding discussing them. "What's missing from 2012," Joe Scarborough writes, "is any sense that we're engaged in a real debate about the future." The country needs both presidential candidates to start focusing on the issues that could make or break the United States in the future: Joe Scarborough for POLITICO: A deficit of leadership
THE ECONOMY SHOWS SIGNS OF LIFE: Although consumer confidence in the economy remains low, recent indicators actually suggest some improvement in the economy. The trade deficit has declined, hiring has increased, and the housing market has reached its strongest point in seven years:Zachary Goldfarb and Michael Fletcher for The Washington Post: Economy might be gaining traction, new data suggest
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STAT OF THE DAY: 36 percent of people say things are going well, down seven points from April. 63 percent of people say things are going poorly, up six points from April: CNN: CNN Poll: Optimism on the economy drops