WE CAN FIX WASHINGTON: Washington is still plagued by gridlock but it doesn't always have to be this way, write Victoria Reggie Kennedy and former Sen. Olympia Snowe. “Congress must also take steps to diffuse the endless cycle of political standoffs over the debt and government spending and revenues. A key first step would be to shift to passing a budget every two years, rather than annually. This would help restore budgetary discipline, and also provide additional time for Congress to engage in aggressive oversight of existing programs,” they write. Our biennial budgeting bill, Take the Time, Save the Dime, was recently passed by the House Budget Committee: Victoria Reggie Kennedy and Olympia Snowe for The Boston Globe: Washington can be fixed
HEALTHCARE DEBATE: “Senate Democrats unveiled an agenda Wednesday focused on the middle class and designed to help them keep the majority, but spent part of their press conference parrying questions about whether the Affordable Care Act would be a liability for Democrats in the November election. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., ripped Republicans for attacking the White House’s latest deadline extension aimed at giving people more time to sign up for health insurance beyond March 31,” write Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski. Lawmakers should come together with their opposition and create shared goals: Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski for Roll Call: On Obamacare, Harry Reid Says the Joke Is on Boehner
UPCOMING VOTE: The Senate is expected to vote Friday on an extension of unemployment-insurance benefits, regardless of if a deal is reached or not: Niels Lesniewski for Roll Call: Unemployment Benefits Headed for Friday Senate Vote
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THE DAILY BREAK: Are you as excited as we are for the cherry blossoms to bloom in Washington, D.C.? Take a look at these photos of the beautiful trees.
ACTION OF THE DAY: Contact your members of Congress and ask them to become Problem Solvers.
STAT OF THE DAY: “The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week, a sign of improvement in the U.S. job market's painfully slow recovery. Initial claims for unemployment benefits, a measure of layoffs across the economy, fell by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 311,000 in the week ended March 22, the Labor Department said Thursday,” write Ben Leubsdorf and Jonathan House: Ben Leubsdorf and Jonathan House for The Wall Street Journal: Jobless Claims Fall to 311,000