Gridlock Rising

By No Labels
June 6, 2013 | Blog

TRUST: On this day in 1944, American and British forces invaded the coast of France during World War II. The Allied victory on D-Day can be partially attributed to the trust soldiers placed in each other to fulfill their roles in the air, in the sea and on the ground. 
GRIDLOCK RISING: Matt Miller writes in The Washington Post that we can not afford the political gridlock that is currently consuming both parties. "We have two choices. We can figure out how to rise and renew the country together. Or we can drift … If you think this analysis is in the ballpark, repeat after me: We need something new. We need something new," he writes. That something is the No Labels Problem Solvers as the group works to build trust across the aisle to solve problems: Matt Miller for The Washington Post: The great American political gridlock
NOT UNTHINKABLE: Rep. Tom Price says that a budget agreement between the House and Senate is not as unthinkable as people would believe. “It’s important for people to know that [Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty] Murray and [House Budget Chairman Paul] Ryan are, indeed, meeting and talking with great regularity and trying to come to an agreement on the parameters of a budget conference,” Price said: Emma Dumain for Roll Call: A House-Senate Budget Deal Isn’t Unthinkable, Price Says
IT WASN'T ALWAYS THIS WAY: "We have not seen the current level of partisanship since the early 1900s,” write James Moody of Duke and Peter Mucha of UNC — and if those two schools can work together, Washington surely can, too. Check out this graphic highlighting the growing trend of hyper-partisanship in Washington: Chris Cillizza for The Washington Post: It wasn’t always this bad. The growth of political polarization, in 1 chart.
STUDENT LOAN SHOWDOWN: Student loan rates are set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 on July 1 and both parties believe that this is a problem. Despite this, the Senate is voting on two bills with the expectation that votes will fall largely along party lines, while the House has already passed its version of a solution. Everyone agrees that there is a problem, and members of Congress should be able to work together to create a solution: Burgess Everett and Jose Delreal for POLITICO: Student loan fight set in Senate
STUCK IN A PARTISAN SENATE: Of the 32 measures that Senate committees have approved through the month of May, 20 have come from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, according to the Library of Congress. The committee prides itself on working across the aisle to find solutions to the problems facing America. The committee though faces the tough task of getting major legislation through a hyper-partisan Senate: Amy Harder for National Journal: A Bipartisan Energy Committee Stuck in a Partisan Senate
GROWING PRESENCE: As more members of Congress join the Problem Solvers, their influence and ability to build trust grows even stronger. Check out how the group is a growing presence in Washington.
THE DAILY BREAK: What if all news website operated like BuzzFeed? See the results here: Will Stephen and Caldwell Tanner forCollege Humor: If All News Sites Worked Like BuzzFeed
ACTION OF THE DAY: Check out this new video from the Problem Solvers about the importance of No Labels. "No Labels puts America first. It's about time Congress does the same," says Rep. Jim Cooper: YouTube: Problem Solvers Speak About No Labels
STAT OF THE DAY: Only six percent of Americans think Congress is doing an excellent or good job according to Rasmussen Reports: Rasmussen Reports: Congressional Performance
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