DEAL REACHED: "Five Senate Democrats and five Republicans unveiled a deal on extending expired unemployment insurance benefits for five months, which should be enough to overcome a GOP filibuster and get the package out of the Senate later this month," writes Humberto Sanchez. Lawmakers will likely vote on the bipartisan bill after next week's recess. We need our leaders to continue to work across the aisle and create shared goals: Humberto Sanchez for Roll Call: Bipartisan Unemployment Extension Deal Reached
AID APPLICATIONS: The number of applications for jobless aid dipped to a three month low last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000. This is the second straight decline — a sign that the economy is gaining steam after a winter slump: Associated Press: Applications for US jobless aid dip to 3-month low
STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT TASKS: "A new bipartisan Senate bill would scrap hundreds reporting requirements for federal agencies. The measure, introduced this week by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), would eliminate, combine or modify more than 320 reports that agencies have identified as unnecessary, duplicative or outdated," writes Josh Hicks. Our Make Government Work!legislative package has other solutions to make Washington more efficient and effective: Josh Hicks for The Washington Post: Bipartisan legislation would end unnecessary agency reports
NO LABELS RADIO: Don't forget to listen to No Labels Radio tomorrow at 10 a.m., Eastern time, on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. (channel 124) as Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks with Sen. Evan Bayh, Problem Solver Sen. Angus King and Paul Taylor from the Pew Research Center. Tweet with us during the show using #NoLabelsRadio!
THE DAILY BREAK: Who says selfies are a new phenomenon? Former Secretary of State Colin Powell posted one from 60 years ago yesterday. Check it out.
ACTION OF THE DAY: More than 75 members of Congress support a national strategic agenda. Read this list and see if your member is signed on.
STAT OF THE DAY: "U.S. investors' economic views warmed a bit in the past quarter, even as frigid temperatures across much of the country kept job growth and retail sales in check. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index rose to +37 in February from +25 in November," writes Lydia Saad: Lydia Saad for Gallup: U.S. Investors' Optimism Ticks Up