Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
PLANS TO REACH ACROSS THE AISLE: In last night's presidential debate, both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney made statements about how they could bring more problem solving to Washington. Romney said Americans need "leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and [I] could not care less if it's a Republican or a Democrat." Meanwhile Obama said that he will take ideas from both sides of the aisle. We need leaders committed to working for solutions: Pete Kasperowicz for The Hill: Romney pledges to solve congressional gridlock; Obama has his doubts
WHO WILL PAY FOR LAYOFFS? Last week the White House said the WARN Act, which requires larger companies to provide 60 days notice for layoffs, would cover the costs of defense contractor layoffs. Sen. Lindsey Graham says that will not happen because Congress will not reimburse any contractors. Has Washington already given up on the possibility of finding a solution? Both parties have shifted their focus onto blaming the other guys: Philip Ewing for POLITICO: Sequester layoffs: Who will pay?
AVOIDING TRUTHS: When the candidates were asked a question in the debate last night, both of them did their best to pivot to their own talking points. "Both candidates studiously maintained the evasions and omissions at the heart of their policies. The debate was wonky without being especially honest ... the two candidates were strikingly complicit in failing to confront the magnitude of the fiscal challenge the winner will face immediately. The overriding feature of the debate was a tacit conspiracy of avoidance," writes The Washington Post Editorial Board: Editorial Board for The Washington Post: In presidential debate, Obama, Romney evaded the hard truths
SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS: Rep. Bruce Braley wants Washington to start working again. He understands that gridlock in Congress has stopped important legislation from being passed and issues like the deficit need solutions from both sides of the aisle. That is why he is a co-sponsor of the No Budget, No Pay Act, which says that if Congress doesn't pass a budget and all appropriations bills on time then members do not get paid: Jon Ericson for WCF Courier: Braley seeks more compromise in Congress
FROM THE FIELD: On Tuesday night in Boulder, Colorado, Digital Leaders Judy Bicknell and Andrew Lattanzi heard No Labels Co-Founder Mickey Edwards speak to 300 people about the negative effect of hyper-partisanship in Washington and what can be done to change it.
THE DAILY BREAK: Check out how some of the press watched the debates last night: John Herrman for Buzzfeed: The Press Watches The Debate From The Worst Seats In The Country
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STAT OF THE DAY: Only 16 percent of small business owners reported that they planned to add employees this year, according to a survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Vicki Needham for The Hill: Survey: Economic uncertainty weighing on job growth