Politico: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is waging an under-the-radar campaign to get his fellow Democrats to back a summertime fight to overhaul the filibuster for executive branch nominees.
Reid is carrying a list of names to target and has met with about two dozen Democrats on the issue thus far, focusing on ‘Old Bull’ senators and skeptics of rules changes, according to senators and aides familiar with the talks.”
More than 100 conservative economists have signed on to a letter urging Congressional leaders to pass comprehensive immigration reform, citing the overhaul's projected impact on economic growth and deficit reduction, per NBC’s Carrie Dann and Ali Weinberg. "Immigration reform’s positive impact on population growth, labor force growth, housing, and other markets will lead to more rapid economic growth," writes the group in a letter spearheaded by former Congressional Budget Office director and American Action Forum president Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
“Seven million college students are on track to see their federal loan rates double this year unless Congress acts ahead of a July 1 deadline when subsidized Stafford loan rates will increase from 3.4% to 6.8%,” USA Today writes. “The U.S. House will vote Thursday on a Republican plan to head off the increase inspired by an unlikely source: President Obama. … In his 2014 budget, the president called for tying college loan rates determined by the federal government to market-based interest rates, which is the foundation of a GOP proposal. But that is where the similarities stop, and the partisan divides begin to emerge.”
Amb. Thomas Pickering, who authored the Accountability Review Board investigation into the aftermath of Benghazi, has agreed to a transcribed pre-hearing interview with the House Oversight Committee. Chairman Darrell Issa had wanted a private deposition. Pickering wanted a public hearing.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) thinks HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is like Ollie North, who helped provide arms from Iran to Nicaragua.