Across-the-aisle meetings really do matter
MEETINGS REALLY MATTER: President Barack Obama has been meeting with Republican members of Congress this week to discuss how they can work together to find long-term solutions, but this is just the first step. No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston says that leaders in Washington have to do more than just meet once — that is why we are bringing together the problem solvers in Congress, to meet across the aisle regularly and talk about real solutions in a safe space: Eleanor Clift for The Daily Beast: It’s Not Just Dinner: Why Obama’s Meetups Really Matter in Washington
TIMELINE SET: President Obama has set a goal for reaching an across-the-aisle deal on reducing the deficit by the end of July. “There is an opportunity here to do what some members of Congress and leaders have said they would like to do… and that is return to some sense of normalcy here, regular order, engage in a budget process and negotiation and debate that hopefully produces a bipartisan compromise,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. In order to meet this goal and move from continuing resolutions to actual long-term plans, everyone will have to come to the table: Alexander Bolton for The Hill: Obama sets end-of-July goal for bipartisan agreement on deficit
CLOCK IS TICKING: We are less than three weeks away from the deadline to keep the government funded, and both chambers of Congress are working hard to reach a deal. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers are working to reach an agreement across chambers, as the House recently passed a stopgap bill and the Senate has said it will have a full-year plan with appropriation bills: David Rogers for POLITICO: Barbara Mikulski, Hal Rogers play beat the clock
HOPING TO WORK TOGETHER: After meeting with President Obama, Republicans are hopeful that Washington will be able to work together to solve the problems facing our country. "I have political opponents on the other side of the aisle. They are not my enemies," said Sen. Lindsey Graham. More elected officials need to have the attitude of problem solving and work together for solutions for America: Steven T. Dennis and Humberto Sanchez for Roll Call: Obama Gives GOP Reason to Hope for New Grand Bargain
ICYMI: No Labels Honorary Co-Chairs Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Manchin spoke together at No Labels' Meeting to Make America Work! this past January. They talked about the need for elected officials to work together, take responsibility, govern for the future, put the country first and tell the full truth. Watch them speak here: YouTube: Jon Huntsman & Joe Manchin speak at No Labels Meeting to Make America Work!
THE DAILY BREAK: Sen. Mark Warner played a key role in his press secretary's recent engagement on Twitter: Andrew Kaczynski for BuzzFeed: Senator Takes Part In Heartwarming Twitter Proposal
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STAT OF THE DAY: The economy added 236,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent: Vicki Needham for The Hill: Economy adds 236,000 jobs, unemployment falls to 7.7 percent