CITIZENS WANT SOLUTIONS: Citizens are angry with what they see in Washington and are not thrilled with their choices for elections. “One Democratic pollster recently (and aptly) summed up the sentiment: ‘Voters want to punish Republicans but not reward Democrats.' This dynamic suggests we are in for either a highly muddled election outcome next year — hardly the stuff for a wave, because one party has to be rewarded and looked favorably upon to create a wave — or a highly volatile environment, what a meteorologist might describe as an ‘unstable air mass,'” writes Charlie Cook. Voters want lawmakers to solve problems, not play political games: Charlie Cook for National Journal: Voters Don't Want to See Anyone Win
NO HELP FROM CONGRESS: The United States Postal Service announced losses of about $5 billion in the last fiscal year, which brings net losses to $27 billion since 2011. Don't expect Congress to do anything about it, though. This year will be the third straight year Congress will fail to address issues facing the USPS after passing a law that limited the agency's financial flexibility. The divide preventing a solution, though, is not just across party lines — lawmakers are also divided by geography, by pro-union and pro-business sympathies, and by pro-government and anti-government philosophies: Lisa Rein for The Washington Post: Postal Service still losing money, but no movement on legislation
OPTIMISM ON FARM BILL: There could be real progress made on the farm bill soon as the joint conference committee continues to discuss details. “I can say that all the face-to-face meetings that have gone on with the principals — in the last couple of weeks — have made progress. We are getting to a common point on the commodity title. There are still some big principles: choice vs. all inclusive, how you calculate the acres. But we are moving and staff on a variety of fronts are ironing out the differences,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas. Speaker John Boehner also said there were issues that could be addressed before the end of the year: David Rogers forPOLITICO: Republicans more optimistic on farm bill
ASK WASHINGTON ANYTHING: Yesterday No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Joe Manchin answered questions asked earlier this week by users on Reddit, an online social news and entertainment platform. “If we don't look and just try pick something that's irrational, or something that's not proven, and force your will upon something that's not doable. So I'm looking for that balance. I'm looking for ways that we can work within the confines of what we have,” he said: Sen. Joe Manchin for The Atlantic: Ask Washington Anything
THE SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND: Last night, No Labels received an award from the Search for Common Ground for our work to fix Washington. No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Joe Manchin accepted the award along with Problem Solver Rep. Lynn Jenkins. Click here to read more about the winners!
ABRAMOWITZ ON NO LABELS RADIO: Check out what former White House Correspondent for The Washington Post Mike Abramowitz said on No Labels Radio last week.
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STAT OF THE DAY: The amount of student loans outstanding has surpassed $1 trillion for the first time. This number has increased every quarter since the New York Fed began tracking these figures in 2003: Neil Shah for The Wall Street Journal: Consumer Borrowing Picks Up