Honoring our veterans

HONORING OUR VETERANS: On Veterans Day, take a moment to think about those who have served our country — past, present and future. Thank you to all our veterans. Check out different events happening across the country to honor those who have served.
KING MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Problem Solver Sen. Angus King is on the budget conference committee tasked with bridging the gap between the House and Senate spending bills. Though the two budgets are far apart, King sees openings to a deal and plans to play an important role. "As an independent focused on finding pragmatic solutions and breaking through the partisan gridlock, his perspective and hard work has been especially critical in writing and passing our budget in the Senate, starting a budget conference and explaining to the American people the values and priorities behind the budget numbers,” says Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray: Ginger Gibson forPOLITICO: Sen. Angus King sees hope in budget battle
BILL LIMBO: In both chambers lawmakers are passing bills, but after the bill passes one chamber, it often does not go anywhere in the other. Instead, bills are passed for political reasons. "Some of the bills in this political purgatory are the victims of ordinary congressional gridlock. But others are bound there from their very beginnings — conceived not as legislation that will eventually become law but simply as political instruments intended only to stoke the passions of liberal or conservative base voters," write Ed O’Keefe and David A. Fahrenthold: Ed O’Keefe and David A. Fahrenthold for The Washington Post: Bills left in limbo are often just part of the choreography in Congress
FIGHT COMING: The fight over nominations will resume this week as the Senate will vote on one of President Barack Obama's nominees for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals tomorrow, with another vote on a nominee for that court likely occurring next week. Republicans are expected to block the vote on Nina Pillard's nomination, in addition to other nominations for the court. The argument stems from the two parties' deep divisions over the size of the court and its workload: Burgess Everett for POLITICO: Court nominees: Battleground for partisan politics
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan have met privately in her office a few times in order to better understand each side's positions on the budget conference report. The conference committee meetings are set to resume this week: Kristina Peterson for The Wall Street Journal: Patty Murray, Democrats' Budget Leader, Faces a New Test
STAT OF THE DAY: The savings rate of consumers increased to 4.9 percent in September from 4.7 percent in the prior month. This was the third consecutive month that income gains outpaced spending, another sign of consumer caution: Jonathan House for The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Consumer Spending Remains Tepid


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