Rep. John Garamendi (D- CA)
Leo Gerard, United Steel Workers International President
Last night President Obama asked Americans to speak up in the ongoing and perpetually deadlocked debate over the debt ceiling. And they rallied to voice their concerns. House switchboards have been swamped and servers have crashed with the high volume of constituent response. Did you reach out to your Member of Congress? With only seven days left until default we’re talking about the ongoing debate and the aftermath of last night’s speeches by President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner. Can Boehner cut enough to satisfy the Tea Party? Do we have enough time to find out? We’ll get into it.
Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Properties, Former Economic Adviser to Vice President Biden
Ron Christie, Republican Strategist
Last night President Obama asked for compromise by quoting Thomas Jefferson when he said: “Every man cannot have his way in all things…Without this mutual disposition, we are disjointed individuals, but not a society.” With the parties so divided can we reach a compromise in time? We continue our conversation about the search for middle ground.
State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-WI)
Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP
Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker is at it again. Earlier this year he was one of several GOP governors to sign a law disenfranchising voters who don’t have a photo ID… a law that mostly affects the young, elderly, student, minority and low-income voters. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he’s now making it harder for those voters to get the ID the law now required. He’s claiming it’s part of an effort to prevent voter fraud but some say there are undeniable political motivations behind it all. We’ll talk about the changing landscape of voters’ rights.
Veda Shook, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants
The Federal Aviation Administration has been shut down after Congress failed to pass a clean bill and extend funding. What does that mean? It means that 4,000 employees are being furloughed, $2.5 billion in construction is being halted, and it’s costing taxpayers about $30 million a day. And if you’re a frequent flyer, watch out: airlines are using the shutdown as an excuse to hike up prices. We’ll talk about the GOP’s anti-union provision that got us here and about what comes next.