WORST CONGRESS EVER?: “Democrats and Republicans alike say the 113th Congress is shaping up to be the worst ever. Veteran lawmakers are used to partisanship and stalemate, but they say Capitol Hill has sunk to a new dysfunctional low. Congress has in some ways already closed for business until after the mid-term election. Any laws made between now and November will be minor,” writes Alexander Bolton. Our leaders in government need to come to the table and create a national strategic agenda: Alexander Bolton forThe Hill: Worst Congress Ever?
SEPARATE DEALS: Senate Republicans have released their own bill to extend unemployment-insurance benefits. This legislation undercuts a separate effort that has the support of Democratic leadership. Lawmakers need to work together and create shared goals to solve our nation's problems: Sarah Mimms forNational Journal: Republicans Offer Their Own Unemployment-Insurance Plan
MIDTERM ELECTIONS: “The Tampa Bay peninsula will serve as the first real test of 2014 voter moods on Tuesday in a down-to-the-wire congressional race that each side is using to hone its messages for November,” writes Paul Kane. As primary season goes into full effect, members of Congress need to remember what their job is — to serve the American people. We need shared goals and a national strategic agenda: Paul Kane for The Washington Post: Florida special election pitting Sink, Jolly a testing ground for parties’ midterm strategies
WORKING TOGETHER: Problem Solver Reps. Andy Barr and Ami Bera are working across the aisle on the Saving Lives, Saving Costs bill that would work to improve patient care and bring down the cost of healthcare. That's #HowWeFixIt: David Gorn for California Healthline: California Rep. Bera Co-Sponsors Bill To Curb Medical Malpractice Risk, Save Money
PROBLEM SOLVER BLOG: Problem Solver Rep. Tony Cárdenas writes about the need to connect American workers with open jobs.
ICYMI: Honorary Co-Chairs Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Manchin appeared on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe” in January to discuss our book, No Labels: A Shared Vision for a Stronger America, and the need for a national strategic agenda.
NO LABELS RADIO: Tune in to No Labels Radio every Saturday at 10 a.m., Eastern time, on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. (channel 124). It's the only show dedicated to problem solving. If you don't have a subscription to SiriusXM, you can listen to clips from the show on our website.
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ACTION OF THE DAY: Read about the members of Congress who are supporting a national strategic agenda.
STAT OF THE DAY: According to Gallup, 27 percent of Americans polled say now is a good time to find a quality job: Frank Newport for Gallup: Americans' Views on Quality Job Prospects Still Recovering