Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDED: Congress is as popular as IRS auditors and Ponzi scheme operators, but it still continues to engage in the same hyper-partisan battles that accomplish nothing. Enter No Labels, says Michael Nelsen, a citizen who believes that the proposals in our Make Congress Work! action plan can help change the way Washington operates. He highlights his favorite proposals and the benefits he believes will come with each one: Michael Nelsen for The Omaha World-Herald: Congress needs some accountability
OBAMA DOES AMA: Yesterday, President Barack Obama made history by being the first President to answer questions in Reddit.com's forum called Ask Me Anything. The AMA is basically an online townhall, where participants can log-on, post questions, and read previous answers. Topics ranged from what is the most difficult decision he has made in office to who is his favorite basketball player. No Labels Make the Presidency Work! action plan proposes that the president take questions from the media and citizens at least once a month -- Obama's discussion is a step in the right direction. You can read all of Obama's answers here: Josh Wolford forWeb Pro News: Here’s President Obama’s Reddit AMA, Just in Case You Missed It
CAPITOL NEEDS FIXING: Punting decisions instead of making the tough choices has been a popular theme with Congress. And now they've punted on fixing the Capitol Building. The building has significant flaws including "hundreds of leaks; water seeping through the pinholes." Congress can't even fix its own workplace; even though all members agree that something must be done, no solutions are being created: The Washington Post Editorial Board: Needed Capitol dome repairs should not be a political issue
UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES: Voters agree that Congress is polarized and needs more problem-solvers. The Berkshire Eagle asked the candidates running to represent Massachusetts' first district what their plans were to help break through the gridlock in Washington. Every candidate should be asked these questions before Election Day: Ned Oliver for The Berkshire Eagle: Eagle Readers to Congress: 'Get it done'
NEW BLOG: Check out No Labels Co-Founder John Avlon's new blog 'Independent Nation' on The Daily Beast as he discusses the major issues of the day: John Avlon for The Daily Beast: Independent Nation
FROM THE FIELD: Bobbi Schwartz of Texas has contacted and met with seven congressional offices this year to talk about No Labels and No Budget, No Pay. Her most recent meeting was just this week.
THE DAILY BREAK: Campaign websites are a crucial part of elections these days, but what did they look like 1995? Lamar Alexander was the first presidential candidate to launch his own website and it is not quite as advanced as today's: 4president.us: Lamar Alexander 1996 Web Site
STAT OF THE DAY: The current U.S. gross debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is slightly over 100 percent, meaning that we owe as much as our country makes in national wealth in a year: Blake Giles for The Oconee Enterprise: Sen. Isakson warns that Congress must cut spending