Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
CAN'T PUNT AGAIN: While this Congress has a history of punting big decisions, Sens. Mark Udall and Susan Collins say it's time to make a decision: "Some of our colleagues are proposing that we kick the can down the road yet again and delay the fundamental question of dealing with our debt and deficit. They argue that we cannot or should not tackle these challenges in an election year or in a lame-duck session of Congress, as if there won't always be another election on the horizon. Simply put, this is unacceptable, and the American people know it. Our economy cannot afford to wait until politicians decide the time is right." Sens. Mark Udall and Susan Collins for USA TODAY: Congress can't punt again on the budget
BACK TO NORMAL: When former Governor Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, most people thought the campaigns might have a substantive debate on issues. Four days later, voters are seeing a return to the same finger-pointing that has dominated this campaign from the beginning. After Vice President Joe Biden said, “They’re going to put y’all back in chains," both campaigns are talking about the professionalism of the other ticket rather than the issues: Reid Epstein for POLITICO: Death of the high-minded campaign
POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY, ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES: Stanford Professor Nicholas Bloom joined No Labels citizens on a conference call last week, reports Steve Brawner. He explained his research in how political uncertainty affects the economy, arguing that Washington's inability to make decisions changes the way businesses spend and hire. Because businesses don't know what taxes they will have to pay in a few months, they hold off hiring -- further exacerbating an already stagnant economy: Steve Brawner for The Times Record: Commentary: Certainty Index: Uncertainty Bound To Continue
SIXTY-ONE: That is how many laws Congress has passed this year, putting them on pace for the lowest total post-World War II. After passing only 90 bills last year, this Congress has taken gridlock to another level and should take "Do-Nothing Congress" title away from the 80th Congress, whose 'least' productive year saw 395 laws passed in 1947: Susan Davis for USA TODAY: This Congress could be least productive since 1947
BUSINESS AND POLITICS: No Labels Co-Founder Ron Shaich is the CEO of Panera Bread. In an interview with Fortune Magazine, Shaich advises business owners to look to the future, and not think solely in the short term. His advice can be applied to elected officials as well -- they must look past the short-term goal of getting re-elected, and focus on long-term solutions: Beth Kowitt for Fortune Magazine: A founder's bold gamble on Panera
CITIZEN VOICE: No Labels supporter Kevin Coomer believes our Make the Presidency Work! and Make Congress Work! action plans can make a difference to fight gridlock in Washington. "Nothing would be better for the country than to have the president, the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader confirming that they will consider these [plans] for the next four years when the president is sworn in on January 20, 2013," he says: Kevin Coomer for No Labels: Growing No Labels support
THE DAILY BREAK: Sleeping on the job is often frowned upon, but a few minutes of afternoon dozing can really make a difference. Click here to see this cool infographic about the benefits of napping:Keenan Roberts for BuzzFeed: Everything You'll Ever Need To Know About Napping
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STAT OF THE DAY: Congressional approval has plummeted to 10 percent, tying the worst approval rating for Congress since Gallup started polling the question. The last time that occurred was this past February, when Gallup noted it as the lowest approval of Congress in Gallup's history: Frank Newport forGallup: Congress Approval Ties All-Time Low at 10%