Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
KICK THE CAN: With Congress unwilling -- and unable -- to address many of our nation’s most pressing issues, members are looking to the lame-duck session to pass bills. With the elections out of the way, lawmakers believe that they will be able to get more done in November and December than before the elections. But with so many important measures expiring this year, from the fiscal cliff to automatic spending cuts of the Budget Control Act of 2011, Congress has more to do than it can fit in the lame-duck session: Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer for POLITICO: Hill braces for lame-duck frenzy
HOW TO HELP: Matt Gang is a 17-year-old who cares about the future of his country -- and he’s “enamored with No Labels.” And he proves that anyone can make a difference: “I talked about No Labels to anyone who would listen. I called my Congressman. I called my Senators. I called everyone! By the end of the next day, I had gotten eight people to join … The message was simply that universal.” Matt Gang for No Labels Blog: How I became a No Labels supporter
SIMPLE SOLUTION: Dudley Hafner, a No Labels citizen leader, points out that many of his friends take comfort in gridlock, believing that without a budget, spending can’t be out of control. Unfortunately, spending happens whether or not there is a budget; Hafner argues, “If the grassroots will force Congress to pass a “No Budget, No Pay Act,” we will witness a huge transformation in the diligence, focus, and flow of communication among elected officials on the Hill.” Dudley Hafner for the Albuquerque Journal: It’s simple, Congress: No Budget, No Pay
ACROSS-THE-AISLE ENDORSEMENT: A House Republican has endorsed Hawaiian Democrat Mazie Hirono for Senate, praising her for her willingness to work across the aisle. In a video announcement, Rep. Young says: “While Mazie and I don't see eye to eye on everything, we've done something too many people in Washington refuse to cross the aisle and do: We've worked together." Watch the video here: Cameron Joseph for The Hill: GOP Rep. Don Young endorses Democrat in Hawaii Senate race
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STAT OF THE DAY: For many, UPS can serve as a barometer of the US economy, since UPS serves as a catalyst for business activity by shipping the products of commerce across the country. So what are its thoughts on the economy? Well, it's projecting GDP growth of one percent by Election Day, with absolutely no growth in business-to-business income, which is 60 percent of its business. UPS's CEO relates this to their customers' increasing nervousness that Congress will allow the country to fall off the fiscal cliff: Ian Swanson for The Hill: Congress just mails it in, according to UPS