Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
AGREEMENT ON SEQUESTRATION: Following the Super Committee's failure to trim the federal budget last year, the nation's military is scheduled for a $500 billion hit in automatic cuts. However a group of about 30 senators is trying to find solutions. The group has been meeting in order to draft a new sequestration plan that would alleviate some of the stress the cuts would place on the Pentagon: Carlos Munoz for The Hill: Senators quietly laying groundwork for looming defense sequestration fight
A CALL FOR RESULTS: On July 1, the cost of paying off college debts will drastically increase for more than 7 million Americans -- unless Congress can put aside partisan differences and extend the interest rate cuts. "People want Congress to put politics aside and come together to produce real results that make a difference. And you can count college students at the top of that list." Arne Duncan in POLITICO: Take politics out of student loan process
DISTURBING DYSFUNCTION: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush believes the current dysfunction in the national government is "disturbing," but says hyper-partisanship is not here to stay. He urges Americans of all political stripes to look back at the presidencies of his father and Ronald Reagan for evidence of the power and benefits of true across-the-aisle problem-solving: Buzz Feed on Jeb Bush
DEFINING MOMENT: Candidates often say the next election is the one that will bring about real change -- then they fall into the same old traps. But this time that really might be true, Judd Gregg says: Judd Gregg for The Hill: Election a watershed for nation
STAT OF THE DAY: The 113th Congress could have as many as 155 members with less than four years of experience, due to the large freshman class from 2010, 36 lawmakers who announced their retirements and the large likely turnover due to redistricting: Kate Nocera for POLITICO: More newbies to take the Hill