COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY: “Far too often, people these days focus on our differences instead of what brings us together. And more than ever, America has felt like a nation divided, not states united. But some of us are working hard to change that because we know we can do better than this … That is why both of us joined the bipartisan group called ‘No Labels' and have been named Congressional Problem Solvers. We represent a diverse range of viewpoints and beliefs, but are united in our desire to put partisanship aside and find ways to work together,” write Problem Solver Reps. Cheri Bustos and Chris Gibson: Reps. Cheri Bustos and Chris Gibson for Daily Review Atlas: Reps: Country Before Party
CALL FOR COMMON-SENSE SOLUTIONS: In recent appearances, both President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been calling for both parties to work across the aisle toward a common plan. Philip Rucker writes, “At his Virginia stops, Bill Clinton repeatedly said the Founding Fathers wanted elected officials to be practical above all else, designing a system of governing that would force them to negotiate with each other. ‘Read the Constitution of the United States of America … It might as well have been subtitled, ‘Let's Make a Deal.”” Philip Rucker for The Washington Post: In the Clintons' talk of brokering compromise, an implicit rebuke of Obama years
ABUSE OF FILIBUSTER: When it comes to presidential nominees, filibuster abuse is rampant on both sides of the aisle. David Firestone writes, “A hold is just another form of filibuster, requiring 60 votes to overcome, and the constant use of them is leading to paralysis in the Senate, allowing individuals or groups of lawmakers to block nominees to achieve short-term goals.” In our Make Congress Work! action plan, we proposed a simple, up-or-down vote on presidential nominees within 90 days of nomination: David Firestone for The New York Times: Both Parties Are Abusing the Filibuster
NO LABELS RADIO: “No Labels Radio with Jon Huntsman” aired this morning on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. station. Thanks to No Labels Co-Founders Kiki McLean, Dave Walker and Tom Davis and Problem Solver Rep. Cheri Bustos for joining the program!
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STAT OF THE DAY: Despite fears the government shutdown would hurt growth, U.S. factories just finished their fifth month of expansion, with the Institute for Supply Management's broad index creeping up 0.2 to 56.4 this month: Neil Shah for The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Factories Shrugged Off Shutdown