Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
DISCUSSING SOLUTIONS: Discussions surrounding the approaching fiscal cliff are starting to heat up. While nothing is likely to get done before the election, members of Congress are at least taking the time to meet with high ranking officials like Ben Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf to educate themselves on what course of action is needed: Jake Sherman, Steven Sloan and Kelsey Snell for POLITICO: Fiscal cliff talks heat up
SPENDING BILL PASSED: The Senate has passed a spending bill to keep the government funded for six more months, avoiding a shutdown. This is viewed as an accomplishment -- but should it be? Members of Congress are not doing their jobs as they should be voting on long-term solutions and budgets to set the funding level for government, not passing continuing resolutions every three to six months: David Rogers for POLITICO: Spending bill advances, but Rand Paul objects
NOT ENOUGH TO BREAK GRIDLOCK: Rep. Charlie Bass has proposed that members of Congress should take a pay cut if they cannot stop the fiscal cliff from occurring. The cut would be 8.2 percent, based on the estimated cut that would take place to non-defense discretionary spending under the sequester. Bass should take a look at the No Budget, No Pay Act, which would cut members of Congress' pay by 100 percent if a budget and spending bills are not passed on time: Pete Kasperowicz for The Hill: Bill would cut Obama, lawmaker pay if sequester isn't stopped
BUDGET GAMES: Rep. Steny Hoyer believes that problems in Congress could be solved if more games were played, specifically pointing to "Budget Hero: Election Edition." Budget Hero is a game that uses Congressional Budget Office stats to help users create a balanced budget for the federal government. "Its beeps and clicks, cartoon altimeters and 'budget bust' clock illustrate the futility of trying to solve the problem without tax increases, or without major cuts to Medicare," says Dana Milbank: Dana Milbank for The Washington Post: Another game for Congress to play
WATCH COOPER: Rep. Jim Cooper is the lead sponsor for the No Budget, No Pay Act in the House of Representatives. Recently he was interviewed and discussed the bill. "Everyone realizes that if you don't work, you don't get paid. So why should Congress be any different?" he says: Rep. Cooper on This Week with Bob Mueller
FROM THE FIELD: Last night Citizen Leader Dean Vanderbilt and Digital Leader Alex Ballasiotes spoke to 250 people at a No Labels sponsored event at the University of Georgia.
THE DAILY BREAK: In the fourth inning of every home game, the Washington Nationals have a race featuring the presidents on Mount Rushmore. In over 500 races, President Teddy Roosevelt has not won once. Click here to learn about what is being done to help Teddy win.
STAT OF THE DAY: Lockheed Martin has announced that they will begin to send layoff notices in 44 days on November 2, two months before the automatic cuts to defense are set to take place. If Congress does not act to change the cuts before Election Day, businesses will have to start firing workers: Robert Wright for Financial Times: Warning on fallout from US defence cuts