Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
FAILED LEADERSHIP AFFECTING STUDENTS: College students and recent graduates are feeling the affects of congressional inaction. "One reason the economy is growing too slowly to cut unemployment or create jobs for new college graduates is uncertainty about federal tax and spending plans. With Congress gridlocked, businesses can’t plan reliably or make investments in new equipment or new workers," Mark McKinnon and Nancy Jacobson write. The solution for students? Join No Labels and tell Congress to start solving problems: Nancy Jacobson and Mark McKinnon for The Heights: Time for students to demand that our leaders shed the labels
STAY IN WASHINGTON: Members of Congress are starting to ignore their duties in Washington to fly home and meet with constituents. Proposal five in our Make Congress Work! action plan calls for members to coordinate their schedules to allow members both time in Washington and in their districts. The Reno Journal-Gazette agrees, saying, "Somehow, we have to break the partisan logjam that has prevented Congress from even adopting a budget in recent years. Asking our representatives to not come home for a few weeks at a time might be a good way to start." The Reno Journal-Gazette Editorial: Weekly exodus from D.C. adds to political gridlock
REP. SCOTT RIGELL: Rep. Rigell understands the oath he took to serve the 2nd district in Virginia. He has bucked party leadership on multiple occasions and is part of the bipartisan Fix Congress Now caucus, which sees the problems plaguing Washington and wants to do whatever it can to fix it. "Americans know that our country is at great risk unless we find a way to find common ground in sound legislation that’s actually enacted. This paralysis we’re in, this toxic mix of partisanship, no facts, weak ideas, is – the Republic can’t stand this,” says Rigell: David Grant for The Christian Science Monitor: Rep. Scott Rigell: Maverick GOP freshman in the eye of a political storm
SPOTLIGHT COULD LEAD TO SUCCESS: Congress has not passed a budget and all appropriations bills on time since 1996 and it looks like this year will be no different. But the fiscal cliff could bring extra attention to the issue. "The country's attention is focused on the fiscal crisis. With the spotlight on, a large, bipartisan group of senators could bring it to the floor," says Sen. Lamar Alexander: Greg Johnson for the Knoxville News Sentinel: 'No Budget, No Pay' could spur action
BLAME GAME: "The dysfunction – the inability to consider ideas that emanate from 'the other side', the unwillingness to compromise, the constant maneuvering for party advantage – derives directly from the power we have given those parties to shape who sits in office and how they function," writes No Labels Co-Founder Mickey Edwards. Edwards believes that it is time for the American people to truly examine our elected officials and vote for candidates who best reflect our values: Mickey Edwards for The New York Times: The Unraveling of Government
NO BUDGET, NO PAY SUPPORT: Check out this page on the No Budget, No Pay Act to see who the co-sponsors are and cast your opinion on the bill: Unfold: Congress should not be paid if it can't pass a budget
ACROSS-THE-AISLE SOLUTIONS NEEDED: Both sides of the aisle believe they can fix our economy with their spending plans and tax code, but really both plans would be unsuccessful. "Neither plan is adequate to bring our country’s finances into balance. There are no painless fixes for years of irresponsible fiscal behavior in Washington. Math will eventually force the political process to increase revenues and cut spending," writes Ed Conant: Ed Conant forThe Savannah Morning News: Taxes by the numbers: 1%, 47%, 100%
FROM THE FIELD: No Labels citizen Richard Roll from Connecticut has joined the hundreds of other baby boomers attending the Meeting to Make America Work! who know their financial future is in jeopardy because of political gridlock in Washington.
THE DAILY BREAK: There isn't much that Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell can agree on, but they agree on rooting for the Nationals. After years of struggles, the Nationals are feeling support from institutions such as Congress, the Federal Reserve, and the Supreme Court: Mel Antonen for Sports Illustrated: Washington bigwigs cross partisan divide to root on Nationals
STAT OF THE DAY: A record-high 38 percent of Americans would rather have one party in charge of both the presidency and Congress. Another 33 percent say that it doesn't matter whether one party has unified control over the branches: Andrew Dugan for Gallup: Americans' Preference Shifts Toward One-Party Government