Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
REDUCING HYPER-PARTISANSHIP: Gridlock is one of the greatest threats to our economy right now. Max Nisen highlights a recent report from No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston detailing some ways to reduce gridlock, including reforming the judicial nomination process, changing the congressional redistricting system, promoting the participation of the less ideologically extreme and active review of institutional performance: Max Nisen for Business Insider: Four Smart Ways To Reduce US Political Gridlock, Our Biggest Economic Problem
LACK OF PROBLEM-SOLVING HURTING BUSINESS: The gridlock in Washington is continuing to be felt by the private sector. James McNerney, Chairman of the Business Roundtable points out that, "Washington inaction is generating uncertainty that is dampening U.S. economic growth and job creation." Congress must find a way to reach across the aisle to find common ground and avoid another potential recession: W. James McNerney, Jr. for Business Roundtable: Letter to Congress and Administration on The End of the Year Fiscal Cliff
100 DAYS TO GO: This Sunday begins the final sprint to election day as the country approaches 100 days until November 6. Voters will be paying particularly close attention to a few major events: former Governor Mitt Romney's announcement of his running mate, the convention speeches given by President Barack Obama and Romney, and the three presidential debates scheduled for October. That gives both candidates little time to address the serious problems facing our country: Susan Page forUSA TODAY: A guide to the final 100-day sprint for Obama and Romney
REQUIRED REPORT: The Senate unanimously passed the Sequestration Transparency Act yesterday, requiring the President to give a report within 30 days on the large cuts coming up in January. Of course the President of the United States to should have to submit a report on these cuts -- duh. But why can't we get a full fiscal report too? That's why reform 10 in our Make the Presidency Work! action plan calls for annual fiscal updates from a non-partisan official: Ramsey Cox for The Hill: Senate bill requires report from Obama on automatic cuts
GRIDLOCK CONTINUES: Members of Congress have not learned their lesson from last summer's debt-ceiling showdown as bickering is again leading to gridlock in Washington. Now in a hyper-partisan election year, Congress has another debt-ceiling debate and fiscal cliff looming, with finger-pointing being more prevalent than problem-solving: Jim Randle for Voice of America: Political Bickering Threatens US Economy, Again
THE DAILY BREAK: It's a rocky road in New York's ice cream wars: Doree Lewak for The New York Post: Cone biz’s vanilla gorillas
ACTION OF THE DAY: Reform five in our Make the Presidency Work! action plan calls on Congress to reduce the number of presidential appointees subject to Senate confirmation. A bipartisan bill doing just that has already passed the Senate. Click here to urge your House representative to support this important bill.
STAT OF THE DAY: Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin have a proposal for Congress to fix the tax code. They want to simplify the tax code from its current 5,296 pages, since Americans today collectively spend 6.1 billion hours per year complying with the tax code: Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin for The Hill: Our tax reform plan deserves another look