CRITICIZING BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION: “Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday criticized the Senate’s bipartisan unemployment insurance proposal as riddled with ‘serious problems' after a group of state officials said the bill may be unworkable. Citing an analysis by a group of state unemployment insurance directors, Boehner said the Senate’s legislation likely doesn’t meet House standards that a jobless aid package be fiscally responsible and help create jobs,” writes Burgess Everett: Burgess Everett for POLITICO: John Boehner pans Senate jobless aid bill
MEETING ACROSS THE AISLE: Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz met last week and had a “great intellectual discussion,” Booker said. The two lawmakers went to a restaurant on Capitol Hill together and started finding common ground on several different things. Our leaders should create shared goals to help build trust with across the aisle: Tal Kopan for POLITICO: Cory Booker: My dinner with Ted Cruz
ECONOMIC RECOVERY: “The Federal Reserve further curtailed its economic stimulus campaign on Wednesday, even as it said the effort would continue for the foreseeable future given the enduring consequences of the Great Recession. The Fed, as expected, announced it would reduce its monthly purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities by $10 billion, to $55 billion, because of its confidence that the four-year-old recovery is finally becoming self-sustaining,” writes Binyamin Appelbaum: Binyamin Appelbaum for The New York Times: Fed Cuts Bond Buying by Another $10 Billion
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STAT OF THE DAY: Gallup‘s March reading finds that 28 percent of Americans say now is a good time to find a quality job, up from 27 percent in February. This is the highest reading since January 2008: Frank Newport for Gallup: In U.S., 28% Say Now Is a Good Time to Find a Quality Job