Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
BUDGET NEEDED: Sen. Lamar Alexander decided it is time to get serious about the budget when he co-sponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act. The Jackson Sun agrees that action is needed, saying, "The nation’s spending lurches forward every several months by Congress passing emergency spending bills. This is no way to manage the national budget, create economic stability or reassure public sector investors and the international marketplace." Part of the solution is to pass No Budget, No Pay: Jackson Sun Editorial: Our View: 'No Budget, No Pay Act' worthy of consideration
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DYSFUNCTION: Walter Pincus takes a look at a typical day in the U.S. Senate and sees a lot more hyper-partisanship than working across the aisle. The day is filled with finger-pointing and highlights measures that need to be reformed, like the filibuster. "No one seems to have a plan to get Congress working again other than having their party control the legislative and executive branches," says Pincus: Walter Pincus for The Washington Post: The U.S. Senate, a dysfunctional day in the life
WARNING: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have received letters from a bipartisan group of senators warning them of the effects of the fiscal cliff. The group is composed of Sens. John McCain, Carl Levin, Lindsay Graham, Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte and Sheldon Whitehouse. "We believe it is important to send a strong signal of our bipartisan determination to avoid or delay sequestration and the resulting major damage to our national security, vital domestic priorities, and our economy," they write: Elahe Izadi for the National Journal: Bipartisan Group of Senators Sound the Sequester Alarm
POLITICAL THEATER: As both parties held their conventions at the end of this summer, the country eagerly listened to what they had to say. However, the parties may have exaggerated a bit. "A political candidate ... must create a "super-story," a narrative that will not only frame a candidate's personal character but make the case for him as a leader. In order for the candidate to be successful, Landy says, this super narrative must transcend the specific life story and become a universal tale that reflects the story of America writ large," writes Neda Semnani: Neda Semnani for Roll Call: Politics, Theater and Mythmaking
FROM THE FIELD: No Labels Co-Founder Jonathan Miller will be speaking at the Ohio Historical Society this Thursday, Sept. 27. Click here to learn more.
THE DAILY BREAK: Check out these presidential ticket horoscopes to see if the running mates are right for each other: Hunter Schwartz for Buzzfeed: Presidential Relationship Horoscopes
ACTION OF THE DAY: Not signed up for No Labels' Meeting to Make America Work! in January 2013? Click here to register. If you already have registered, forward the invite to one of your friends.
STAT OF THE DAY: With Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee signing on as a co-sponsor of No Budget, No Pay, we now have 92 total co-sponsors.