IT'S NOT TOO LATE: No Labels Co-Founder Gary Shapiro notes that political fights and refusal to compromise have many wondering if Washington will ever solve the problems facing our nation. He says that citizens need to call for solutions — and that starts by signing up with No Labels. "This movement includes Democrats, Republicans and Independents who agree to put the nation before their party label. No Labels holds Congress accountable for enacting real solutions by working together across party lines," he writes: Gary Shapiro for The Huffington Post: It's Not Too Late to Learn How to Compromise
BUSTOS AND DAVIS MAKE CONGRESS WORK! Problem Solver Rep. Cheri Bustos and former Congressman Tom Davis joined Co-Founder Kiki McLean on No Labels Radio last Saturday to discuss making Congress work amid the political gridlock in Washington. "During the government shutdown, we met nearly every morning over coffee to talk about what we could do to move this forward," said Rep. Bustos, a No Labels Problem Solver. “Bringing 90 members, about evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, together is very important in changing the culture in Washington," said Rep. Davis: No Labels: Rep. Cheri Bustos and Co-Founder Rep. Tom Davis on No Labels Radio
COSTLY SHUTDOWN: The Office of Management and Budget reports that last month's government shutdown cost taxpayers roughly $2 billion. Between furloughed employees, lost revenue from national parks, slowed home purchases, and delayed safety inspections, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the OMB, said the economy dealt with "negative ramifications on a number of fronts." Lisa Rein for The Washington Post: Federal government shutdown cost $2 billion in lost productivity, OMB report finds
CONTINGENCY PLAN: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is secretly working with roughly a dozen senators to come up with budget alternatives in case the budget conference committee fails to reach a deal. McConnell has said that there will not be another government shutdown and wants to make sure his party is on the same page for any sort of negotiation: Alexander Bolton for The Hill: McConnell forms secret group to come up with budget alternative
WE WORK TOGETHER. WHY CAN'T CONGRESS? Mike Joy is a liberal living in the middle of Texas but something interesting happens when he tells people that. "I see them pause, as if considering whether they should be offended and hold my political views against me. But they quickly realize that breaking off a friendship and working relationship makes no sense. So we all get back to work to pay the bills, which is what it is all about. As I see it from Dallas, politicians who tell Americans how divided we are and how we should not work together or compromise with folks on the other side of the political divide are just playing a political game," he writes: Mike Joy for The Christian Science Monitor: A view from Texas: Regular people work together. Why can't Congress?
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ACTION OF THE DAY: Read our common-sense proposals to Make the Presidency Work! Make sure to tune in to "No Labels Radio with Jon Huntsman" on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. station on Saturday at 10 a.m., Eastern time, to learn more.
STAT OF THE DAY: The unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.3 percent but the economy added 204,000 jobs in October, which was above expectations: Vicki Needham for The Hill: Economy adds 204k jobs in October