Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
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BUT YOU JUST GOT HERE: Congress returned to Washington yesterday after a five-week vacation, and Americans hoped that members could agree on something. What did they agree on? To go on another vacation at the end of next week. Lawmakers want the opportunity to meet with more of their constituents before the November elections, but most of their constituents want them in Washington doing their job: Alexander Bolton for The Hill: Lawmakers set to leave Washington early to get on the campaign trail
WHERE'S THE ACTION? Every elected official in Washington has said he or she wants to avoid the fiscal cliff and understands the ramifications if it were to occur. So the simple question is: Why haven't they done anything about it yet? According to Jake Sherman and Jonathan Allen, none of the top leaders or their aides are in serious negotiations -- the last time Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Harry Reid spoke in person was in June, when they negotiated a deal on the highway bill. It's time for members of Congress to get serious about this issue and back up what they say: Jake Sherman and Jonathan Allen for POLITICO: Fiscal cliff: All talk, no deal-making
LAYOFF WARNINGS: Defense contractors have confirmed that they have sent tens of thousands of layoff warnings to employees so far. As part of automatic across-the-board cuts set to occur in January, defense companies are set to lose some of their contracts and therefore would likely need to make employment cuts. Congress needs to realize that while it is playing politics with these defense cuts, jobs hang in the balance: Philip Ewing for POLITICO: Defense firms confirm layoff warnings
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STAT OF THE DAY: The House is working on a six-month continuing resolution -- a bill to continue federal spending at a set formula -- to fund the government at a rate of $1.047 trillion for the year, the level set by the Budget Control Act in the aftermath of the debt ceiling fight last year: Erik Wasson for The Hill: Appropriators release 6-month spending bill