Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
REMEMBERING WHAT SOLUTIONS LOOK LIKE: In the presidential debate last week, both candidates mentioned President Ronald Reagan and Speaker Tip O'Neill as people who were able to put differences aside to find solutions for America. "What both men deplored more than the other’s political philosophy was stalemate, and a country that was so polarized by ideology and party politics that it could not move forward. There were tough words and important disagreements over everything from taxation to Medicare and military spending. But there was yet a stronger commitment to getting things done," writes O'Neill's son, Thomas O'Neill III: Thomas O'Neill III for The New York Times: Frenemies: A Love Story
REMEMBER WHEN: In March, No Labels particpated in a Senate hearing on the No Budget, No Pay Act. The hearing featured No Labels co-founders speaking to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and citizens from across the country were in attendance. "Congress is just not fulfilling some of the basic responsibilities that the Constitution gives us, including, of course, the responsibility to propose, to debate, and to adopt in a timely manner a budget for our country," said Sen. Joe Lieberman: No Labels: Senate Hearing on No Budget, No Pay: Transcript
GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER'S TAKE: After being governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger believes there are ways for Washington to get back on track. "I've experienced first-hand that when you bring the parties and if you do the people's work, if you see yourself as a public servant rather than a party servant, I think you can get much more done," said Schwarzenegger on Meet the Press.You can watch the entire video here.
GRIDLOCK HURTING DAIRY FARMERS: When Congress left Washington a few weeks ago, members could not find a solution for the farm bill -- dairy farmers are already starting to feel the effects. "When the farm bill expired, so did the Milk Income Loss Contract Program, which pays dairy farmers when milk prices, which are always volatile, fall below a set level. The payment is also adjusted to the price of feed, which has been high, thanks to record corn prices, and will be much higher after this year’s nationwide drought," writes The New York Times Editorial Board. Elected officials need to open their eyes and see the real results of their inability to find across-the-aisle solutions:Editorial Board for The New York Times: A Gloomy Season for Dairy Farmers
ASK ABOUT REACHING ACROSS THE AISLE: Rep. Tom Reed and Nate Shinagawa are running for election to New York’s new 23rd congressional district and were asked what they would do if they were elected to Congress and the president was from the opposing party. "I remain frustrated by those who choose politics over policy. The self-righteous name-calling and finger-pointing being done on both sides by national leaders is counter-productive and does nothing to help solve the serious issues our nation faces," said Reed. "In the challenging situation of working with a president of the other party, I would actively seek out opportunities to work with Republicans who are willing and pressure Democratic leadership to always put people before politics," said Shinagawa: The Ithaca Journal: 23rd District Q&A: What would be your approach if you are elected and the opposition party's candidate is president?
REFRESHER ON THE FILIBUSTER: As part of our Make Congress Work! action plan, we proposed a fix for the filibuster to help create more across-the-aisle solutions. Click here to read about the history and increase in usage of the filibuster.
FROM THE FIELD: No Labels Citizen Leader Lisa Allen is gathering her friends together to take a bus from New Jersey to attend theMeeting to Make America Work!
THE DAILY BREAK: Saturday Night Live is one of the leaders in political satire around the election season, but how do they write their material? Bill Carter for The New York Times: Spinning Gaffes Into Gags: Live From New York, It’s Debate Night
ACTION OF THE DAY: Sign up to be a No Labels Digital Leader. Together, digital leaders have filled up a congressman’s voicemail box, posted over a thousand comments on a representative’s Facebook wall -- and you can be a part of what’s next. As a digital leader, you will receive weekly action alerts to help spread No Labels' message.
STAT OF THE DAY: Americans' self-reported average daily spending fell to $74 in September, according to Gallup. Uncertainty about the approaching fiscal cliff and other issues in Washington may have contributed to this decrease: Elizabeth Mendes for Gallup: U.S. Consumer Spending Slows in September