Here's a look at the week that was as well as the week ahead.
Problem Solvers of the Week:
This week’s award goes to Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) for reintroducing No Budget, No Pay. This bill provides an incentive for Congress to do what they were elected to do – run this country responsibly. It also helps to restore faith for the American public that too often feels defenseless when it comes to congressional negligence.
Special recognition goes to Reps. Ami Bera (D-CA), Reid Ribble (R-WI), Ron Desantis (R-FL) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for co-sponsoring this bipartisan legislation. It’s great to see No Labels Problem Solvers banding together to make a difference in Washington.
Last Week’s Most Shared
Here are the three most popular articles No Labels posted on social media last week. Following us on Twitter and Facebook is a great way to keep tabs on what's going on in the world of politics (as well as the world of No Labels!)
(1) With Veto Threat, Obama and Congress Head for Collision Over Keystone Pipeline via The New York Times
“The costs are small. The benefits are small. It’s the politics that are big,” said Michael Levi on the Keystone Pipeline. After months of dragging this issue through the mud, the pipeline debate has taken on a significance that goes far beyond the actual environmental and economic impacts. That being said, the fight shows little sign of slowing down, and could well have implications in the 2016 presidential race.
(2) U.S. Economic Confidence Index Positive for Second Week via Gallup
While many Americans continue to feel left out of the economic growth, overall confidence is rising. For the first time since 2008, Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index is showing readings in positive territory. Over the last two weeks the index was +2 and then +1. To offer some context, its lowest mark was -65 in late 2008.
(3) Obama, GOP Congress brace for battle via USA Today
Following the midterm elections, there has been much speculation as to whether or not Congress and the president will make good on promises to work together. A number of early battles, including the one over the Keystone Pipeline will test their resolve on keeping their promises.
What’s happening this week at No Labels
- No Labels Co-Chair Gov. Jon Huntsman gave an interview with Bloomberg Monday morning, and discussed the National Strategic Agenda. Check that out here.
- We’re gearing up for a big night on State of the Union. Dozens of congressional Problem Solvers have committed to wearing our pins. We will be sending out a Citizen Toolkit later this week that will tell you how to help No Labels focus the country on problem solving the night of.
- We are also excited to be rolling out a new look for the new year, so keep an eye out for that on social media.
ICYMI: On the Blog
Rep. Schrader (D-OR) talks about how his time in the Oregon state legislature taught him important lessons about forging common goals with Republicans.
Read a little more about the aforementioned bipartisan bill that could help hold members of Congress responsible for passing a budget.
No Labels co-founders Mack McLarty and Josh Bolten speak with PBS‘ Domenico Montanaro about the first 100 days of the 114th Congress on No Labels Radio. Tune in every Saturday morning from 10-11 a.m., Eastern time, on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. channel 124.