TAX DAY APPROACHES: If you don't pay your taxes by April 17, you could go to jail. Congress has a mid-April deadline for budgeting too — and nothing happens if they miss it. No Budget, No Pay would change this: Blair Forlaw for PolicyMic: April 15: Citizens Must Pay Taxes, Congress Must Pass a Budget
GETTING IT WRONG ON THE BUDGET
: Jonathan Bernstein misses the point in his latest blog post for The Washington Post
. He says Congress has been operating with a budget — and last summer's Budget Control Act serves as that budget. The Budget Control Act doesn't address the amount that federal revenues are to be increased or decreased, surplus or deficit in the budget, or the public debt — all requirements under the Budget Act of 1974. We need to increase accountability in Washington. If lawmakers can't pass a budget and all appropriations bills on time, they should not be paid: Jonathan Bernstein for The Washington Post: Please kill off this budget myth
Sometimes, it's hard to talk to people from the opposite political party. Former Sen. Judd Gregg and Sen. Ron Wyden have tips on how to do just that though. Gregg says that for Republicans to talk to Democrats, the first step is to get to know their dog. Wyden says that you have to talk "to" the other side, not "at" it. Listening is the first step toward progress: Judd Gregg & Ron Wyden for Businessweek: How to Talk to a Democrat, or a Republican
TIPS FOR CALLING CONGRESS: Daily Dose reader Carrie Sheridan has some tips for contacting Congress. When calling, it's a good idea to reveal your age and party affiliation — Independent, Republican or Democrat — whether you are fed up or energized and if you vote, she says. That way, you aren't just another caller. Thanks for the tips Carrie!
Tips, questions or ideas? Email Collin Berglund at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet at me (@nolabelsorg).
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