Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
NORQUIST ON THE HILL: With some representatives bucking Grover Norquist's tax pledge in recent days, Norquist is headed to Capitol Hill to discuss the pledge with members of Congress behind closed doors. With an end-of-year fiscal cliff approaching, shouldn't leaders be looking for solutions instead of finding ways to end negotiations by taking single-interest pledges? Kate Nocera for POLITICO: Norquist heading to Hill for pledge tutorial
TWO-TERM PRESIDENTS: “Due to the evolution of our politics and media, we may never see a two-term president again,” No Labels Co-Founder Mark McKinnon says. With a tight race for the presidency, an important question is being asked: Can any president actually be successful in today's political environment? Chris Cillizza for The Washington Post: Can any president succeed in today’s political world?
NOT TOO LATE: "This is a time when those who have been elected to govern have an opportunity to [reach a structured, thoughtful bipartisan debt and deficit reduction plan]," Judd Gregg writes in The Hill. "They can stay in their corners and allow disorder to rein or they can move the nation away from the impending debt debacle and create an atmosphere of optimism by actually acting on substantive initiatives together." Judd Gregg foe The Hill: Lawmakers haven’t run out of time to craft a bipartisan deficit deal
TIME TO ACT: For the next two weeks, the House and Senate will be in session at the same time, an increasing rarity. America's problems aren't going anywhere -- and when our elected officials are actually in Washington, they have to buckle down to get things done. While Congress will certainly be active in a likely post-election lame-duck session, there are some items that Congress must act on now: Russell Berman for The Hill: For lawmakers hoping to push major legislation, it’s now, or after November
ECONOMIC CHALLENGE: America's political leaders are going to have to step up to the plate on a number of crucial economic issues in order to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" that looms ahead. But Congress has failed to act in past similar situations (remember the Super Committee). Whether Congress can be successful this time around will depend on factors like the economy's stability, tax talk and entitlement reform: The New York Times: Fiscal Cliffs Notes
STAT OF THE DAY: As the Senate tries to negotiate a way to get the farm bill passed so that it can go to a conference committee with the House, it is trying to whittle down a list of more than 250 potential amendments to be voted on: Darren Goode for POLITICO: Energy issues crop up with farm bill