BUDGET DETAILS: “The White House has proposed a $3.9 trillion budget package with familiar proposals and almost $1 trillion in new taxes over the next 10 years. The budget for the year that begins Oct. 1, 2014 would be roughly $350 billion more than the federal government is projected to spend this fiscal year, and the increase comes almost entirely from parts of the budget that aren’t set by Congress (Social Security payments, for example). The White House said its budget would produce a $564 billion deficit for the year that ends Sept. 30, 2014, which represents 3.1% of gross domestic product –and expects the deficit to fall to precrisis levels by 2018,” writes The Wall Street Journal. Our lawmakers need to create shared goals and work together on a budget deal: The Wall Street Journal: 2015 Budget: Eight Highlights From the White House Budget
DIFFICULTY REACHING A DEAL: “President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget was immediately dismissed by congressional Republicans as a ‘campaign brochure' providing massive increases in spending for Democratic programs while offsetting the costs with tax-loophole closures that Republicans have repeatedly insisted they will not accept,” write Catherine Hollander and Sarah Mimms. We need our leaders in government to work across the aisle and agree to a national strategic agenda and a budget deal: Catherine Hollander and Sarah Mimms for National Journal: Don't Expect to See Obama's Gigantic Wish List Become Law
BUDGET DEFICIT: “Obama's budget proposal projects that the deficit will be 3.7 percent of GDP in 2014, a five-year low,” writes Christopher Ingraham and Kennedy Elliott. Take a look at this chart to see the federal deficits from the past 60 years.
A UNIFIED VOICE: “There is nothing more frightening to our enemies than a strong, unified American voice. And if the President of the United States is not providing that publicly, it is incumbent upon his rivals to offer encouragement privately. Not political broadsides when tanks are rolling. There will be plenty of time to do that when campaign season comes around. But for now, Washington leaders should measure their words a bit more carefully,” writes Joe Scarborough. Our country is the strongest when our leaders are united, not divided. We need a national strategic agenda both sides of the aisle agree to: Joe Scarborough for POLITICO: We need a unified voice on Russia
SUING THE PRESIDENT: Republicans have introduced legislation that would allow the House or Senate to authorize a lawsuit against the Obama administration in regards to the president willfully ignoring or altering federal law. Members of Congress should work with the White House to agree to a national strategic agenda: Pete Kasperowicz for The Hill: GOP bill authorizes lawsuits against Obama
NO LABELS RADIO: Gov. Jon Huntsman spoke with Gov. Jack Markell last weekend on No Labels Radio about the annual National Governor's Association conference. Don't forget to tune in every Saturday at 10 a.m., Eastern time, on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. (channel 124).
THE DAILY BREAK: Take a look at these photos of a partially frozen Niagara Falls.
ACTION OF THE DAY: Read Gov. Huntsman's recent op-ed in The Washington Post about the importance of shared goals and a national strategic agenda.
STAT OF THE DAY: “Gallup‘s U.S. Job Creation Index increased slightly in February to +21 from +19 in December and January. The index now exceeds the +20 average for 2013 and is the highest February reading since the beginning of the 2007-2009 recession,” writes Rebecca Riffkin: Rebecca Riffkin for Gallup: U.S. Job Creation Improved in February