Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
COMING SOON: Last December, we released our Make Congress Work! action plan. The results are leading to real change as the No Budget, No Pay Act, one of the reforms, already has more than 70 co-sponsors. In the coming weeks, we will unveil our Make the Presidency Work! action plan. Click here to join the conversation on how we can help make the presidency work: Mark McKinnon and Bill Galston: Coming Soon: No Labels’ Make the Presidency Work! Action Plan
FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT: All branches of government are preparing for one of their busiest weeks. The Supreme Court has already ruled on immigration, and is expected to release its decision on the Affordable Care Act. Congress is expected to make major decisions on student loans and highway spending, and the House is expected to have a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress: Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan for POLITICO: 'A hugely consequential week'
AMERICA'S "MISSING GOVERNMENT" We have entered the pre-election period of stubborn refusal by our elected officials to pass any new legislation. It's the "rule of missing government," former Senator and Governor Judd Gregg says. The rule is to avoid political losses, but American citizens get caught in the crossfire: Judd Gregg for The Hill: Congress, Obama should tear up 'rule of missing government'
COMMON GROUND STILL AN OPTION: As politicians aim to please those on the fringe, across-the-aisle cooperation has largely become a relic of the past. One senator, though, still believes in the power of finding common ground. “I think the American public is looking for Washington to work. I’m not asking people to jeopardize their principles. What I am asking them to do is [think about] what can we agree upon and move forward,” Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) says: Ramsey Cox for The Hill: Centrist Dold seeks common ground
COMPROMISE NEEDED: What are some of the forces that are driving members of Congress to the extreme left or right? The nationalization of politics, the strong arm of party leadership, big money and the media: Blair Forlaw for PolicyMic: Moderate Democrats Slam Party Leadership for Discouraging Compromise
CONGRESS AGREES? Congress does not agree on much these days, but all members agree that the looming sequester and the budget cuts to the Pentagon are bad. A solution that all sides can agree to is needed before the cuts come into effect in January. Here are a few ways the situation can play out: Seung Min Kim and Austin Wright for POLITICO: Big deal to stave off cuts is elusive
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STAT OF THE DAY: 70 percent of Americans think that Congress has done more harm than good for the US economy: Jim Crawford for the Ironton Tribune: Congress truly running on empty