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DISAGREEMENT: After voting to take up the unemployment insurance bill, the Senate has delayed a vote on the bill. The disagreement comes from how the $6.5 billion cost will be paid for and if cuts to other programs need to be made. “Several Senate Republicans who backed the initial vote to take up the bill have pushed for offsetting the roughly $6 billion cost of the three-month patch now pending before the Senate. But GOP ideas so far are non-starters on the Democratic side,” writes Niels Lesniewski. One of the ideas being tossed around now is to offset the costs through savings in the farm bill. Top farm bill negotiators, though, are frustrated as the uncertainty is hurting the process of putting together a bill: Niels Lesniewski for Roll Call: Jobless Benefits, Farm Bill Hit Snags
PROGRESS BEING MADE: The appropriations negotiators are making progress toward completion of the omnibus spending package, but they are running out of time. “Because of the Senate procedures, we are probably going to have to do a couple of days [continuing resolution],” House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers said. This measure could run through January 17, when Congress departs for another weeklong recess. Rogers did note the group is making progress, with eight of the 12 parts of the omnibus done. “We probably have eight or so that are absolutely done. We’re reducing the number of items that are in disagreement,” he said: Erik Wasson for The Hill: Appropriators fight to beat clock
ADDRESSING POVERTY: Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's speech about the War on Poverty. This issue is still prevalent today and is likely to be a major topic in the midterm elections this year. Both parties have ideas but need to come together to do what is best for the country: Jeremy Peters for The New York Times: 2 Parties Place Political Focus on Inequality
PROBLEM SOLVER RETIRING: Problem Solver Rep. Mike McIntyre announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2014. We thank Rep. McIntyre for his service and dedication to breaking through the gridlock in Washington: Cameron Joseph for The Hill: Dem Reps. McIntyre, McCarthy to retire
PARTISAN JABS: Check out these videos of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blaming each other for dysfunction and obstruction. How can leaders work together with this happening? JM Rieger for Roll Call: Dueling Senate Leaders Lament Obstructionism, Partisanship (Video)
NO LABELS RADIO: James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, discussed the upcoming State of the Union with Gov. Jon Huntsman on No Labels radio last week. Listen to the interview here.
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STAT OF THE DAY: Only eight percent of likely voters think Congress is doing an excellent or good job: Rasmussen Reports: 8% Think Congress Doing a Good or Excellent Job