Problem-Solver’s Daily: Leaving Congress

LEAVING CONGRESS: Nearly 30 members of Congress will not seek another term after their current one ends. Some say they are retiring because of the current state of gridlock in Washington. Lawmakers need to create shared goals and work together across the aisle: POLITICO: Who's leaving Congress?
EXECUTIVE ACTION: President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday to mandate that federal agencies complete work on the International Trade Data System by 2016. We need leaders who work with their opposition to create a national strategic agenda, not alone: David Nakamura for The Washington Post: Obama to sign executive order aboard Air Force One
PROBLEM SOLVING: Senate Republicans are working on reaching a deal to pass a top Democratic priority — jobless benefits. “We’re still working on the same thing, which is solving the problem. I continue to believe that we can solve this if Democrats want to,” Sen. Rob Portman said. Lawmakers need to work across the aisle and create shared goals to solve our problems: Burgess Everett for POLITICO: Jobless benefits: The GOP's search for an exit
ELIMINATING JOBS: According to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would eliminate 500,000 jobs by 2016. However, the law would increase pay for millions of Americans and lift nearly a million people out of poverty: Eric Morath, Damian Paletta and Carol E. Lee for The Wall Street Journal: Wage-Rise Report Sees Fewer Jobs, Less Poverty
NO LABELS RADIO: Rep. Tony Cardenas spoke with Gov. Jon Huntsman on “No Labels Radio” last Saturday about creating legislation with a fellow Problem Solver. Tune in this Saturday at 10 a.m., Eastern time, on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. channel 124 as Gov. Huntsman is joined by Sen. Joe Donnelly to speak about job growth.
THE DAILY BREAK: Do you have a bad habit? You can blame your brain for some of them.
ACTION OF THE DAY: More than 75 members of Congress have agreed to support a new governing vision. Find out if your member supports a national strategic agenda and if they don't, ask them to sign on!
STAT OF THE DAY: According to Gallup, 22 percent of Americans polled in February said they are satisfied with the state of the U.S. This dropped slightly from 23 percent in January: Frank Newport for Gallup: Satisfaction with State of U.S. Decreased From January to February This Year


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