Problem-Solver’s Daily: Doing their job

DOING THEIR JOB: "In an era when many Americans dismiss the House and Senate as entities incapable of action or accomplishment, Congress actually did something this week to rebut its do-nothing image," writes Ed O'Keefe. He points to the revamping of the National Flood Insurance Program and diverting federal funding for political conventions to help pay for pediatric cancer research as modest but important decisions made by Congress. Our lawmakers though must continue to work together and develop shared goals: Ed O'Keefe for The Washington Post: This week a do-nothing Congress did something
 
WORST EVER: Veteran lawmakers are saying that the 113th session of Congress is the most unproductive session they have been a part of. Reps. John Dingell and Henry Waxman, two of the most veteran members of Congress, have each said this is the lowest level of productivity they have seen from Congress. Washington needs to work on the issues important to citizens, like job creation, and build a national strategic agenda: Lucia Graves for National Journal: Members of Congress: We're the Worst Ever
 
FEUDING RELATIONSHIP: House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Ranking member Elijah Cummings continued their feud this week as Issa accused Cummings of being an obstacle while Cummings fired back saying Issa is being abusive. Both lawmakers need to remember they are the leaders of a committee and creating goals together, rather than fighting, is the best way to lead: Lisa Desjardins forCNN: Congressional political feud grows more intense
 
ICYMI: Jennifer Duffy of The Cook Political Report was on No Labels Radio last week to discuss midterm elections. Listen to the conversation here.
 
 
 
STAT OF THE DAY: Sales at U.S. retailers rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent in February from the prior month, a sign that the economy could perk up: Eric Morath and Josh Mitchell for The Wall Street Journal: Retail Sales Rebound After Tough Winter
 

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