A leadership crisis
A leadership crisis
Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:49am EST
A LEADERSHIP CRISIS: While most of the media coverage is on the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling and other issues, one thing that does not get covered much is the leadership crisis. "What we are witnessing is the very opposite of leadership, which is the ability to solve seemingly intractable problems by getting above them and redefining them," writes Steven Pearlstein. Our principles of leadership, which are tell the full truth, govern for the future, put the country first, be responsible, and work together, would create leaders in Washington: Steven Pearlstein for The Washington Post: It’s a leadership crisis, stupid
WANTING TO WORK TOGETHER:
Ira Shapiro says that the Senate is key in ending gridlock in Washington. "Across the political spectrum, from liberals like Barbara Mikulski, to conservatives like Jeff Sessions, there is a demand for "regular order" -- legislation that results from committee consideration, vigorous debate and the opportunity to offer amendments and to reach principled compromises," he writes. Hopefully, the Senate and the rest of our elected officials remember that they were not elected to finger point but to problem solve: Ira Shapiro for CNN: Senate holds key to fixing Washington
PROBLEM SOLVERS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:
This week, Reps. David Cicilline
and Janice Hahn
urged their colleagues to join them in the problem solvers group. Click on their names to watch their videos.
December 13, 2011: No Labels introduces the Make Congress Work! action plan, starting with a proposal to withhold pay for members of Congress if they do not pass a budget and all spending bills on time. The No Budget, No Pay Act is entered as a bill in the House by sponsor Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)...
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) talks about the steps the Problem Solvers group is taking to work together and build trust across the aisle.
David Cicilline, representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district, talks problem solving in Congress, No Budget No Pay, and No Labels on America's Radio News. "We're Republicans, and Democrats, and independents, but we're Americans first."