The Company Memo: Friday, January 4, 2013

Updated
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
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After scrapping a vote on aid for Hurricane Sandy victims on Tuesday, House Republicans are bringing the bill to the floor Friday in an effort to do some damagae control and stop the outpouring of criticism—even within their own party—that’s been haunting them for days.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting at a campaign event two years ago, is traveling to Newtown, Connecticut Friday to attend a private event in local home.

The U.S. added 155,000 jobs in December according to the Labor Department, holding the national unemployment rate at 7.8%.

Vice President Joe Biden, who had a ball cracking jokes at the mock swearing-in of some Senators Thursday, has been on quite a roll these last few weeks. First, Biden was appointed by President Obama to lead the national response to gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown shooting, he then brokered a deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to avert the fiscal cliff—it’s no wonder the National Journal is saying he “may be the most influential Vice President ever.”

Plus, MTV’s new reality show Buckwild about twentysomethings partying it up in West Virginia (think Jersey Shore gone south) has already gotten the Chris Christie treatment from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. He asked MTV to pull the plug, but Thursday night’s premire went off without a hitch.

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The Company Memo: Friday, January 4, 2013

Updated