AMERICA'S BIGGEST PROBLEM: Americans are dissatisfied with political leaders and the government, according to a recent Gallup poll. A total of 21 percent of respondents thought the government was the most important problem facing the country today. Other issues ranking highly were the economy, unemployment and healthcare. Americans are fed up with Washington, but No Labels is offering a simple solution to ending gridlock in our new book, NO LABELS: A SHARED VISION FOR A STRONGER AMERICA: Bill Chappell for NPR: What's America's Problem? 1 In 5 Says It's The Government
SPENDING BILL PASSES HOUSE: The House passed a $1 trillion spending bill Wednesday, which funds the government through fiscal year 2014 and will prevent the government from shutting down until at least the end of September. The bill passed with a 359-67 vote, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats who opposed it. Some lawmakers expressed concern over not having enough time to read through the 1,500 page bill, but others say it was a good example of members of Congress working together across the aisle: Pete Kasperowicz and Erik Wasson for The Hill: House easily passes $1T omnibus spending bill with 359-67 vote
FRUSTRATED AND LEAVING: Most Americans are fed up with Congress, and now even members of Congress are fed up with the gridlock on Capitol Hill. The result? Members are leaving. “That’s a lot of it. I was talking to one member who is retiring and I said, ‘Do you feel good about it?’ and he said, ‘I really do. It just got to the point where it wasn’t worth it. It’s pretty stressful. Everybody is aware the system is broken and that becomes stressful. You wonder what can I do to make it work better,” said Rep. John Yarmuth: Kate Nocera for BuzzFeed: A Bunch Of Lawmakers Are Retiring Now That Even Congress Hates Congress
BOOK EXCERPT: In our new book, Problem Solver Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick discusses his time as the Bucks County Commissioner and how he worked for across-the-aisle solutions. “Though we only needed two votes to pass a resolution, my goal during the five years I was chairman, was always to get all three. Whenever the Democrat on the board opposed something I’d say, ‘What is it you’re concerned about and how can we change this to earn your support?’ I couldn’t always get there, but I always tried. I felt that it was my obligation to the people as well as myself,” he wrote in his excerpt: Jordan Krom for PoliticsPA: Fitzpatrick’s Bipartisan Work Highlighted in New Book
BOOK REVIEW: No Labels supporter Bob Brennan recently wrote a review of our new book. “Huntsman, Manchin and No Labels are steadily gaining support as the message of bipartisan progress toward achievement of common important goals reaches a wider slice of the American electorate,” he wrote: Bob Brennan for AllVoices: Huntsman, Christie: Shifting tides in GOP?
NO LABELS RADIO: On SiriusXM’s No Labels Radio, former congresswomen and current Director, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center Jane Harman discussed her experiences in Congress with Gov. Jon Huntsman and Co-Founder Kiki McLean. Check it out.
NEW APPROACH TO FIXING WASHINGTON: Carol Bailey, a divorce mediator, has an interesting plan for getting lawmakers to work with the other side. She will talk more about her 10-step guide on an upcoming No Labels Radio show, so be sure to stay tuned!
THE DAILY BREAK: Have you seen all of the films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards? See the complete list of nominees here.
ACTION OF THE DAY: Read what Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal says about No Labels.
STAT OF THE DAY: Forty-two percent of Americans say they are worse off financially this year than last year, an increase from 2013:Andrew Dugan for Gallup: More Americans Worse Off Financially Than a Year Ago