The Other Fiscal Fight
AS THE FISCAL CLIFF TURNS: Drama continues as we inch closer to the fiscal cliff. Republicans are split about the best course of action, creating confusion and dysfunction. On the other side of the aisle Democrats are downplaying the immediate effects of going over the cliff. There are now serious concerns that a deal will not be made before Christmas. Tune in tomorrow as the drama continues to unfold.
THE OTHER FISCAL FIGHT: The fiscal cliff is getting most of the attention but another fiscal fight is lurking: the debt limit. A year after the first debt-limit debate led to a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, Congress will face the same fight. Hopefully this time, elected officials find a way to reach across the aisle for a solution: Carrie Budoff Brown and Jake Sherman for POLITICO: The other fiscal fight
NORQUIST'S PLEDGE: Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge has been in the news recently as it could hold up any fiscal cliff deal. As lawmakers continue to talk about breaking from the pledge, pundits are getting on board. Frank Bruni says: "There’s no place for absolutists and absolutism in a democracy, which is designed for give-and-take, for compromise." And Eugene Robinson adds, "It is ridiculous to think we could ever tame the national debt through budget cuts alone, without a penny of new revenue." Click here for a refresher on what Norquist's pledge says. This is why No Labels has supported an end to all pledges — for Republicans and Democrats — except for lawmakers' formal oaths of office.
IT'S ABOUT SOLVING PROBLEMS: Rep. Eric Cantor has been talking to his constituents about the fiscal cliff and they want to see problem solving more than anything else. "I will tell you when I go to the constituents that have elected, re-elected me it is not about that pledge. It is really about trying to solve problems," he says: CNN Political Unit: Cantor: Voters more concerned about problem solving than pledge
HUNTING AND POLITICS: When hunting with friends, Mark Quinn finds time to discuss politics. He notes they are able to come up with solutions while being from different sides of the political spectrum and wonders why Congress can't do the same. No Labels can help bridge the gap he says: Mark Quinn for The Olympian: Some political notions from Hells Canyon
BACK IN THE DAY: Former Rep. Tim Roemer remembers when then-House Speaker Tip O'Neill gave a talk at his bipartisan congressional orientation. The first thing he said was for new lawmakers to move to Washington. "He reminded us that having meals together, getting to know one another's families, and even sharing a libation as he did with his buddy, GOP Rep. Silvio Conte, built trust and affinity. This directly led to getting legislation done, he said." Tim Roemer for POLITICO: Tips on effectiveness for new members of Congress
THE DAILY BREAK: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been impressive both on and off the field displaying leadership rarely seen from rookies: Maureen Dowd for The New York Times: But Can They Eat 50 Eggs?
ACTION OF THE DAY: Reserve your spot to our two conference calls this week with former Republican Governor Jon Huntsman and former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Click here to RSVP now.
STAT OF THE DAY: Congress' approval currently stands at 18 percent. It has averaged 17 percent since January 2010, To compare, the average congressional approval since Gallup began measuring is 34 percent. Lydia Saad for Gallup: Congress Approval at 18%, Stuck in Long-Term Low Streak