Problem-Solver’s Daily: Ongoing fight

ONGOING FIGHT: Lawmakers in Washington are still fighting over whether or not to extend unemployment benefits — and the fight is getting even more heated. “The partisan bickering over the issue reached a new high Tuesday morning, as House Democrats prepared to rake Republicans over the coals with another hearing packed with stories from the long-term unemployed, just as they did just before the program expired on Dec. 28. The hearings are designed to put more pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to bring an extension to the floor,” writes Sarah Mimms. Our leaders should work together to fix our nation's problems: Sarah Mimms for National Journal: Political Sparring Over Unemployment Insurance Reaches New Heights
SOLID GROWTH: “In testimony before Congress's Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the economy was on track for ‘solid growth' in the current quarter after a harsh winter that temporarily crimped business activity. But she held out housing as a potentially more lasting problem,” write Jon Hilsenrath and Nick Timiraos: Jon Hilsenrath and Nick Timiraos for The Wall Street Journal: Yellen Offers Upbeat Outlook, but Points to Housing Risk
DOOMED BILL: An energy efficiency bill with bipartisan support will likely not pass. “Leaders of the Senate Republican caucus have demanded votes on unrelated amendments, which [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid declined. Reid instead offered Republicans a chance to vote on a separate bill that would force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — but only if they first approve the energy efficiency bill,” write Kate Sheppard and Sabrina Siddiqui: Kate Sheppard and Sabrina Siddiqui for The Huffington Post: Senate Republicans Support Energy Efficiency Bill, But Hold It ‘Hostage' Anyway
NO LABELS RADIO: Listen to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speak with Governor Jon Huntsman and Senator Joe Manchin on Saturday's No Labels Radio show.
STAT OF THE DAY: Favorable views of the Supreme Court are above 50 percent, having rebounded from historic lows reached in the summer of 2013: Pew Research Center: Supreme Court Favorability Rebounds


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