NO LABELS RADIO: SiriusXM is launching No Labels Radio today on the P.O.T.U.S. Channel at 2 p.m., Eastern time. Our Honorary Co-Chairs Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Manchin will be joined by host Michael Smerconish, No Labels Co-Founder Ron Christie, and Problem Solver Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick, Janice Hahn, Jim Matheson, Scott Peters and Tom Petri. Tune in by clicking here, or follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #AskCongress.
THE NUCLEAR OPTION: Because Senate Republicans have continued to block President Barack Obama’s nominations to key executive positions, Senate Democrats are threatening to use the “nuclear option” to take away that power. It’s not how the Senate is supposed to work — that’s why we’ve proposed ways to fix both the confirmation process for presidential nominations and the filibuster in our Make Congress Work! action plan. Click here to learn more about our fixes for the Senate. Alexander Bolton for The Hill: Senate Democrats: Nuclear option for filibuster back on the table
AT AN IMPASSE: “The House’s bipartisan immigration group is at a crippling impasse, and top aides and lawmakers are unsure if they’ll ever come to the agreement they’ve sought for four years,” according to POLITICO. After years of talks on a bipartisan immigration bill, the stark divide between the two parties on key elements of the legislation may be too difficult to overcome. Meanwhile, in the Senate, “signs of strain” have begun to show within the bipartisan gang of eight working on immigration.
ONE THING TO AGREE ON: If there’s one thing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can agree on, it’s Washington baseball. After Nationals’ star Bryce Harper was injured on Monday and had to get 11 stitches, the two Senate leaders came together to wish him a speedy recovery: Catalina Camia for USA Today: Bipartisan praise for Bryce Harper’s exploits
BEGINNING OF A CONTENTIOUS DEBATE: The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a farm bill yesterday, which will kick off a serious debate on the floor of the Senate. The House is looking at their version of a farm bill today. While the two bills have a lot in common, the fundamental difference on food-stamp legislation will prove contentious in the coming months: Bill Tomson for The Wall Street Journal: Senate Panel Passes Farm Bill
CONTROVERSIES CLUTTER AGENDA: With controversies all over the news in recent weeks, Washington is preoccupied. While both President Obama and Congress have important legislation on their respective agendas like immigration reform and a budget deal, improper action by government agencies could prevent anything from happening in the next three years: Justin Sink for The Hill: Controversies threaten President Obama’s second-term agenda
LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR: The Senate will be debating the Water Resources Development Act, and the House will hold markup on the farm bill and hearings in the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Appropriations, Small Business, Rules and the Judiciary.
THE DAILY BREAK: What would happen if Congress got stuff done like roommates? Watch this funny video to find out.
ACTION OF THE DAY: Ask the Problem Solvers your questions on Twitter today using the hashtag #AskCongress — your question could be answered on Twitter or on air during No Labels Radio on SiriusXM from 2 to 3 p.m., Eastern time, today.
STAT OF THE DAY: After weeks of improvement, Americans are feeling less confident in the economy this week with the Economic Confidence Index down from -8 to -11, but still remain more confident than previous years: Alyssa Brown for Gallup: U.S. Economic Confidence Retreats From Five-Year High