MINIMUM WAGE HIKE DEBATE: After an extended debate on raising the federal minimum wage, several Democratic senators have signaled their willingness to negotiate a deal that can pass the Senate. We need leaders who work together and create a national strategic agenda to guide them in solving our nation's problems: Alexander Bolton for The Hill: Minimum wage deal emerging?
FISCAL BLUEPRINT: “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday will unveil what is likely to be the last fiscal blueprint of his tenure as the House budget chief, a document that will serve as a platform both for the Republican Party and his own political future. The budget resolution, which Ryan’s committee will consider on Wednesday, is expected to stick to an agreed-upon top spending level of $1.014 trillion in 2015 while erasing the federal deficit within a decade, a top GOP goal,” write Russell Berman and Bernie Becker: Russell Berman and Bernie Becker for The Hill: Final budget day for Rep. Ryan
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: As of late Monday night, the Obama Administration was on track to sign up more than seven million people for health care: Jayne O'Donnell, Aamer Madhani and Ray Locker forUSA TODAY: Health care sign-ups surge toward 7M
RISING ABOVE PARTISANSHIP: “His name was Bill McCulloch, and at the height of John F. Kennedy’s effort to pass the first comprehensive federal civil rights law since Reconstruction, it was McCulloch — a now forgotten figure — who rose above mere partisanship to give first Kennedy, and then Lyndon B. Johnson, the power to pass the single most important law of the 20th century,” writes Todd S. Purdum. Lawmakers should rise above partisanship and do what's best for the country — creating shared goals: Todd S. Purdum for POLITICO Magazine: The Republican Who Saved Civil Rights
NO LABELS RADIO: Listen to Problem Solver Rep. Scott Peters speak with Gov. Jon Huntsman on last week's No Labels Radio show. Tune in every Saturday at 10 a.m., Eastern time, on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. (channel 124)!
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ACTION OF THE DAY: Read about one of the bills in our Make Government Work! legislative package,No Budget, No Pay.
STAT OF THE DAY: The Department of Veterans Affairs has cut its backlog of pending benefits claims by 44 percent: Josh Hicks for The Washington Post: Veterans Affairs cut claims backlog by 44 percent since last year’s high