BUDGET PLAN HICCUP: As expected, Democrats have come out against Rep. Paul Ryan's recently released budget, but that is not the only source of opposition. “As Rep. Paul Ryan was laying out his Path to Prosperity budget Wednesday, Republican leadership was working behind the scenes to make sure there was a path for passage. With roughly one week until a planned floor vote, an unexpected hiccup has surfaced: A small pocket of Republicans are threatening to vote against the Budget Committee chairman’s proposal because they are angry about a controversial parliamentary maneuver GOP leadership deployed last week on the so-called doc fix,” write Jake Sherman and Lauren French.
MINIMUM WAGE HIKE: “Democratic leaders so far are sticking to the $10.10-an-hour wage they’re proposing, while many Republicans, including more moderate lawmakers, say they are likely to filibuster the bill,” writes Humberto Sanchez. Our lawmakers should come to the table and create shared goals in order to reach a deal: Humberto Sanchez for Roll Call: Minimum Wage Compromise Faces Long Odds
CAMPAIGN DONATIONS: The Supreme Court struck down the limit on the total amount of money donors can contribute to candidates and political action committees on Wednesday: Robert Barnes for The Washington Post: Supreme Court strikes down limits on overall federal campaign donations
TRADE DEFICIT: “The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly. The deficit increased to $42.3 billion, which was 7.7 percent above the January imbalance of $39.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday,” according to the Associated Press: Associated Press: US trade deficit hits $42.3 billion in February
FORT HOOD SHOOTING: The hearts and thoughts of everyone at No Labels are with those affected by yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. Time and time again Americans have united in times of crisis. This is certainly one of those times.
ICYMI: We have exclusive content on our Instagram account! Have you followed us yet?
NO LABELS RADIO: You won't want to miss this week's No Labels Radio show as Sen. Evan Bayh and No Labels Co-Founder Kiki McLean will co-host. They will speak with Sen. Chris Coons, Rep. Tom McMillen, Maria Klawe of Harvey Mudd College and Carl Cannon from RealClearPolitics. Tweet with us using #NoLabelsRadio!
ACTION OF THE DAY: Join our conference call with some of the No Labels Co-Founders on Tuesday!
STAT OF THE DAY: Private-sector payrolls in the U.S. increased by 191,000 new jobs in March: Kathleen Madigan for The Wall Street Journal: Private-Sector Adds Jobs, Moderate Job Growth Seen