Daily Dose: Moving Out, To Move Forward

Daily Dose: Moving Out, To Move Forward

MOVING OUT, TO MOVE FORWARD: On Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME): "An astonishing thing happened this week in American politics. An incumbent United States senator decided not to run for reelection—not because she thought she might lose, but because she was sure to win. She didn't want to face the prospect of serving any longer in a rancorous, venomous, poisonously partisan environment where consensus and compromise are seen as a disease." Read moreMark McKinnon for The Daily Beast: Olympia Snowe Latest to Leave as the Senate's Center Collapses
THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ON-TIME BUDGET: "Certainty in funding is something local transportation officials crave, rather than shorter-term spending plans and vague priorities. States have become subject to billions of dollars in surprise 'rescissions,' in which Washington reduces the amount of funds provided in previous legislation. Further, the federal highway fund is close to empty, since Americans have been driving more efficient cars and paying fewer gas taxes to Washington."
This gridlock over the transportation bill is exactly why passing the No Budget, No Pay Act is so important. If members of Congress can't provide basic financial certainty to states and local communities, they shouldn't be paid. Read moreEditorial for The Dallas Morning News: Galling congressional gridlock
STAT OF THE DAY: Exit polls in every election for the last 20 years have shown that a plurality of Americans are moderates. For example, in exit polls after the 2008 presidential election, 44 percent of voters identified themselves as moderate.
But the extremes of each party are slamming the door on the common sense solutions moderates would endorse. No Labels is pushing the door back open. Read moreMorton M. Kondracke for Roll Call: Americans Elect Could Field Plausible Candidate
WHO WILL REPLACE THEM? "We all know that Washington is broken. According to polls, approximately 90 percent of Americans agree that Congress isn't doing its job. Pundits tell us to "vote them out," but who will replace them? And how do we expect them to do any better? The problem with Congress is not the people we send there, it's the outdated rules, procedures and traditions that govern the institution and make it impossible to get things done. If we fix the rules, we can fix Congress!" Read moreMary Radnich for The Santa Fe New Mexican: No-budget, no-pay plan could break gridlock
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