Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
PROFILES IN PARTISANSHIP: "Lugar's primary loss is indeed a sad day for Indiana and for America. But his defeat can and should be a wake-up call for the vast majority of Americans who have had it with the constant partisan warfare. This November, let us remember that compromise is not synonymous with betrayal or independence a weakness. Let us reward candidates who put country ahead of party and progress before ideological orthodoxy. Above all, let us look for candidates with the character to write new profiles in courage. Americans will benefit greatly from this sequel," No Labels Co-Founder Evan Bayh writes in an op-ed appearing in The Chicago Tribune. This piece is a must-read for all No Labels supporters. Check it out and share it with your friends: Evan Bayh for The Chicago Tribune: Profiles in Partisanship
IS THE FILIBUSTER CONSTITUTIONAL? That's what Common Cause is asking, suing the U.S. Senate to challenge the constitutionality of the filibuster rules that require routine 60-vote thresholds for bills and nominations that have majority support. The filibuster began as a mistake, with the first filibuster occurring five decades after the ratification of the Constitution. This lawsuit comes on the heels of comments from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that seemed to endorse filibuster reform, although recent reports show change will likely not come quickly: Ezra Klein for The Washington Post: Is the filibuster unconstitutional?
EXPORT-IMPORT BANK UPDATE: The Export-Import Bank's charter expires on May 31. The legislation is moving forward slowly in the Senate, despite a 330-93 vote in the House. Yesterday Harry Reid dropped plans for a cloture vote on a motion to proceed on the legislation so Republicans could hold votes on five amendments: Daniel Strauss for The Hill: Reid agrees to GOP demands to move Ex-Im bank reauthorization forward
ACTION OF THE DAY: With all this budget talk, it's about time we asked our lawmakers to bring the No Budget, No Pay Act to a vote. Click here to quickly and easily send an email to your senators.