Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
REFORMING THE PRESIDENCY: The New York Times features the No Labels Make the Presidency Work! action plan, explaining that the reforms could “cut through some of the institutional obstacles to decisive leadership that have challenged President Obama and his recent predecessors, while also erecting structures to foster more bipartisanship, transparency and responsiveness." Peter Baker for The New York Times: Unshackling the Presidency to Fix the Government
MAKE THE PRESIDENCY WORK!: No Labels has launched the Make the Presidency Work! site, where you can add your name to those calling for reform, contact the presidential candidates asking them to support the plan, and learn more about each reform idea: Make the Presidency Work!
FEEL THE HEAT, SEE THE LIGHT: Peggy Noonan writes for the Wall Street Journal that our next president must be able to "wrangle with Congress." Just like the No Labels No Budget, No Pay Act can make Congress "feel the heat" so that they "see the light," our president must be able to put pressure on Congress to do the right thing. By doing so, the president can unite an extremely divided country and make the tough decisions: Peggy Noonan for The Wall Street Journal: Ennui the People
A GROWN-UP AMONG CHILDREN: Rep. Jim Cooper, sponsor of No Budget, No Pay, is "the House's conscience, a lonely voice for civility in this ugly era" according to Joe Nocera. Michael Cass for The Tennessean: Rep. Jim Cooper Raises Profile With Bids to 'Fix' Congress.
DEFENSE SUFFERS DUE TO HYPER-PARTISANSHIP: POLITICO reports that Republicans and Democrats are feuding back and forth over cuts to defense; the Republicans in the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have been exchanging angry letters, when they should be looking for common ground: Manu Raju and John Bresnahan for POLITICO: Harry Reid laces into GOP on sequester
ACTION OF THE DAY: Sign the petition calling for reforms to the presidency on the Make the Presidency Work! page.
STAT OF THE DAY: Congress' approval rating stands at 16 percent. Among independents, it is only 13 percent. Gallup notes that Congress' approval rating is still on the extreme low end of the historical range since Gallup began measuring congressional approval in 1974. Lydia Saad for Gallup: Congress Approval Remains Historically Low, Now 16%