ROCK BOTTOM? Senators are becoming increasingly frustrated as partisan warfare is leading to few accomplishments in Congress. “Republicans blame Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for putting the Senate in a lockdown that has allowed the minority party to vote on only nine amendments since July. Democrats say Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has forced Reid’s strict handling of floor debates because he has exploited non-controversial bills by trying to force vulnerable Democrats to vote on ‘gotcha' amendments designed to fuel television attack ads,” writes Alexander Bolton. Instead of fighting, lawmakers should concentrate on agreeing to a national strategic agenda: Alexander Bolton for The Hill: Has Senate hit rock bottom?
NOT WAITING ON CONGRESS: President Barack Obama said this week he will not wait on Congress to move on issues like climate change. Our leaders need to work together, not alone: Glenn Kessler for The Washington Post: Obama touts new efficiency rules in ‘Year of Action,’ after years of delays
TAX CUT BILL: Senate Republicans blocked a tax cut bill Thursday, as the fight over amendments claimed another victim. “The legislation, which would revive a raft of expired tax breaks, failed to clear a procedural hurdle amid widespread objections from Republicans that they had not been allowed to offer amendments, including one targeting an Obamacare medical device tax,” write Burgess Everett and Brian Faler: Burgess Everett and Brian Faler for POLITICO: GOP kills Senate tax cut bill
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STAT OF THE DAY: Over the past 25 years, all prices have risen 2.7 percent a year while the Federal Reserve target rate for inflation is 2 percent: Josh Zumbrun for The Wall Street Journal: 5 Things You Always Wanted To Know About Inflation Statistics