Problem-Solver’s Daily: Victim of partisanship

VICTIM OF PARTISANSHIP: A bipartisan energy bill fell victim to bickering and partisanship in the Senate this week. “For years, seemingly everyone in Congress has agreed that the country should waste less energy and that the federal government has a larger role to play in promoting efficiency. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) wrote a modest, bipartisan bill that would help with that. It eschewed radical policy. Lawmakers from both parties got input. Congress-watchers kept the bill on the short list of things legislators might actually manage to send to President Obama. Yet on Monday the bill failed on a largely party-line vote,” writes The Washington Post Editorial Board. Lawmakers should create shared goals: The Washington Post Editorial Board: Partisan sabotage in the Senate unplugs a useful bill
PLACING BLAME: “Complaining that he had a ‘drawerful' of things left to do, [President Barack Obama] said he had been stymied because ‘Washington doesn't work,'” writes Justin Sink. Leaders need to work together to solve our nation's problems: Justin Sink for The Hill: Stymied by GOP, Obama tells Dems: ‘Washington doesn't work'
STUDENT DEBT: Student debt is stopping many young people from investing in large purchases, like cars and homes. This significant debt is not only causing stress on their wallets, but it could be stunting the economy: Neil Irwin for The New York Times: How Student Debt May Be Stunting the Economy
IMMIGRATION REFORM: Senate Republicans say they will pass an immigration reform bill in the next two years if they win back the Senate during the midterm elections later this year: Alexander Bolton for The Hill: GOP: We'll move immigration reform in we take back Senate
HONOR STUDENTS: A student group from South Dakota won national C-SPAN honors with their project about No Labels and Washington gridlock. Way to go!
NO LABELS RADIO: Gov. Ed Rendell spoke about infrastructure on No Labels Radio last weekend.Listen to the segment here.
STAT OF THE DAY: Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 24,000 to 297,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. This is the lowest level in seven years: Associated Press: Fewest Americans in 7 years seek unemployment aid


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