BUDGET FIGHT: “Vice President [Joe] Biden delivered a blistering critique Monday of the House Republican budget plan, kicking off a midterm campaign effort aimed at winning votes by highlighting what Democrats say would be the catastrophic effects of the conservative vision shaped by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.),” writes Zachary A. Goldfarb. Republicans were quick to respond though. “The vice president is lashing out because he has no answer for the question Americans are asking: where are the jobs? This administration has overseen the worst economic recovery in our history and has a budget that never balances, ever—and hysterical attacks from Joe Biden won’t change that,” said Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner. Our lawmakers were elected to govern — not point fingers at each other.
MINIMUM WAGE HIKE VOTE: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set up a vote for later this week on increasing the minimum wage. The vote will be a test on how united the Democratic party is on the issue as some members have expressed concern that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could hurt job growth: Ramsey Cox for The Hill: Harry Reid sets up minimum wage vote
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NO LABELS RADIO: Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman discussed economic development on No Labels Radio last weekend. Listen to the segment here!
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STAT OF THE DAY: President Barack Obama's approval rating is 41 percent, the lowest mark of his presidency, according to a new Washington Post–ABC News poll: Jonathan Topaz for POLITICO: Poll: Obama dips, GOP Congress up