Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
SUPREME COURT RULES ON HEALTH CARE: This morning the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. The health care law could have been less contested if both sides had worked harder to find common ground on reform in the first place. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, both sides must move forward and work together to solve America's many problems: William Branigin, N.C. Aizenman, and Robert Barnes for The Washington Post: Supreme Court up-holds health care law, individual mandate
SAME FACTS: Politicians often do not use the same metrics to measure statistics. Using different baselines, timelines and assumptions, the same facts are often spun to fit different beliefs and ideologies. That's why the next proposal to our Make the Presidency Work! action plan focuses on having a nonpartisan leader deliver a fiscal update to both the executive and legislative branches of government: Dave Walker: Different Opinions but the Same Facts
DEALS IN PLACE: On Wednesday, both chambers of Congress agreed on a new transportation and student loans deal. The deal extends the current level of funding for highway and transportation projects through September 2014, as well the current interest rates for student loans for one year. The deal demonstrated the importance of bipartisan problem-solving: Meredith Shiner for Roll Call: Sides Begin Touting Highway, Loans Deal
STABILITY NEEDED: The economy is trying to claw its way out of a hole, but it is not getting much help from our nation's lawmakers. Uncertainty in legislation, such as tax reform, deficit reduction, and healthcare reform, has shrouded the future for many business owners to the point that they cannot be as aggressive as needed in order to give the nation a final boost: Ian Swanson for The Hill: Uncertainty crippling the struggling economy
SENATE SET TO LAUNCH NEW BILL: The Senate is poised to introduce an anti-outsourcing bill next week. Lawmakers across the political spectrum have voiced concern with outsourcing of American jobs, and on July 10 Congress will have to put its money where its mouth is. The Bring Jobs Home Act will test whether Congress can come together for the American people, or will continue to play partisan games on important issues: Seung Min Kim for POLITICO: Outsourcing in Senate's crosshairs
SEERSUCKER THURSDAY: In the '90s, Senator Trent Lott created 'Seersucker Thursdays'. The idea was embraced by both parties, as members of Congress dressed in seersucker and attended an ice cream social. The event was canceled because of the impression that Congress is avoiding serious decisions. Nevertheless, the event allowed members to connect on a personal level, as promoted in our Make Congress Work! action plan: Dana Milbank for The Washington Post: The seersucker bond unraveled
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STAT OF THE DAY: 89 percent of voters strongly agree that both parties should work together to solve our long-term fiscal problems. This includes 93 percent of liberal Democrats and 85 percent of Tea Party supporters: Peter G. Peterson Foundation: New poll: Voters are prepared to make compromises and sacrifices to help reduce the debt