WE NEED SOLUTIONS: "A House Republican bill aimed at forcing President Barack Obama to enforce immigration and other laws as they are written drew sharp rebukes Wednesday from the White House and House Democrats, who ripped the measure as anti-immigrant. The legal dispute over President Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to suspend deportations for people brought to the country illegally by their parents, known as 'dreamers,' has split the GOP and Democrats before," writes Emma Dumain. Our leaders should work across the aisle and create a national strategic agenda: Emma Dumain for Roll Call: White House, Democrats Cry Foul Over GOP Push to Enforce Immigration, Other Laws
VOTER PRIORITIES: A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 86 percent of Americans polled said a candidate being willing to work with the other party and compromise would increase the chance they would vote for that candidate. We need lawmakers who are willing to come to the table and create shared goals: Patrick O'Connor for The Wall Street Journal: WSJ/NBC News Poll: Obama's Approval Rating Hits New Low
PREVENTING ACTION: "Congress will fail to approve an aid package to Ukraine before a Sunday referendum in Crimea, where voters will decide whether to break away from Kiev’s government to join Vladimir Putin’s Russia. While a Senate panel on Wednesday approved legislation in a bipartisan vote, aides said differences between the House and Senate will prevent Congress from completing its work before lawmakers leave Washington on Friday for a weeklong recess," writes Erik Wasson. Members of Congress should not let their differences stop them from getting important work done. We need a national strategic agenda: Erik Wasson for The Hill: Congress tells Ukraine: The US can’t get aid package done
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: It's unlikely the Senate will vote on whether or not to extend unemployment benefits this week as they prepare for next week's recess. Other bills have been prioritized for the remainder of this week. We need lawmakers to work together and solve our nation's problems by creating shared goals: Burgess Everett for POLITICO: Senate unlikely to take up UI before recess
NO LABELS RADIO: Don't forget to wake up with us every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Eastern time, on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. (channel 124) for No Labels Radio. This week, Gov. Jon Huntsman is joined by Problem Solver Sen. Angus King and Paul Taylor from the Pew Research Center. And in case you missed last week's show, you can listen to Gov. Huntsman's conversation with Jennifer Duffy of The Cook Political Report here.
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STAT OF THE DAY: "Three issues — unemployment, the economy in general, and dissatisfaction with government — dominate when Americans name the most important problem facing the nation. Nineteen percent mention unemployment or jobs, 18% say dissatisfaction with government, and 17% the economy in general," writes Rebecca Riffkin: Rebecca Riffkin for Gallup: Americans Cite Jobs, Economy, Gov't as Top U.S. Problems