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How It’s Playing: Senate Democrats Launch Winning The Future Agenda

Today, Senate Democrats launched a plan to win the future by out-innovating, out-building and out-educating the competition while cutting spending to live within our means. In contrast, Republicans are pushing extreme measures that  would eliminate more than 300,000 private-sector jobs, fire 65,000 teachers – and threatening to shut down the government if they don’t get everything they want. Democrats’ agenda will keep America competitive while cutting waste and excess. It’s time for Republicans to work with Democrats on common-sense solutions to create jobs and cut spending instead of bowing to extreme elements of their party.

Washington Post: Senate Democrats Sign Onto Obama’s Five-Year Spending Freeze. “Senate Democrats on Wednesday announced that they will support President Obama’s proposed five-year freeze on domestic discretionary spending, a move that comes as the White House and congressional Republicans do battle over the president’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year…‘Winning the Future is about making smart choices that cut waste and excess while creating jobs and keeping America competitive,’ Reid said at the Wednesday news conference, referring to the White House slogan coined by Obama in the State of the Union address. He was flanked by large signs bearing the words ‘out-build,’ ‘out-educate’ and ‘out-innovate.’” LINK

Fox News: Senate Dems to Embrace Obama Spending Freeze Wednesday. “Senate Democrats intend to unveil a jobs and competitiveness agenda Wednesday, but in a surprise move, the leaders are expected to embrace a deficit reduction component, Fox has learned. Dems will embrace President Obama’s five-year domestic discretionary spending freeze, a move the White House estimates will save $400 billion over 10 years, according to a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide. Dems made the decision ‘to strike the right balance between helping create jobs…while also living within our means and reining in the deficit,’ the aide said.” LINK

Roll Call: Senate Democrats Launch ‘Winning the Future’ Agenda. “Seeking to counter House Republicans’ bold plans for budget cuts, Senate Democrats on Wednesday laid out a five-page ‘Winning the Future’ agenda that called for a spending freeze alongside a host of proposals for expanded tax cuts they say will boost job growth. Democrats argued that their new investments in education, energy and highways coupled with an overall spending freeze is preferable to deep cuts across the government proposed by Republicans. ‘The House Republican approach is to cut everything,’ Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said. ‘The budget in the House is a road map to disaster,’ said Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.). ‘We are being responsible; they are being reckless.’ The Senate Democratic blueprint comes as the House debates a continuing resolution to fund the government through Sept. 30. The measure calls for $100 billion in cuts from President Barack Obama’s 2011 budget recommendation. Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), who runs the party’s campaign committee, said the Democrats’ agenda shows the contrast with House Republicans. Democrats want to invest in the American people so they have the skills for the future, she said. But they said that cutting deep into education, infrastructure and scientific research, as the House Republicans plan to do this week, would cut future job growth and lead to deep cuts in both private and public-sector jobs at a time when the economy cannot afford it.” LINK

National Journal: Democrats Unveil ‘Innovation’ Agenda. “Senate Democrats today unveiled about 20 infrastructure, education and ‘innovation’ proposals, many of which they have offered previously that will help set the chamber’s floor schedule this year. The agenda includes a general call to simplify the tax code by eliminating ‘special-interest tax giveways and extra tax breaks for millionaire and billionaires.’ Democrats also endorsed President Obama’s call for a five-year spending freeze. … Democrats grouped their plans under the headings of ‘out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build,’ and dubbed the proposals as collectively aimed at ‘winning the future’ in an effort to adopt Obama’s State of the Union rhetoric. Democratic aides said that the proposals are almost all based on bills that have had bipartisan support. LINK

Politico: Senate Dems Agree To 5-Year Freeze. “Senate Democrats rallied behind President Barack Obama on Wednesday, outlining a sweeping legislative agenda in line with his economic priorities including a five-year spending freeze. The Democrats say the vision was to answer the call Obama made during his State of the Union address to ‘win the future; by ‘out-building, out-innovating and out-educating’ global competitors. The agenda, borne out of brainstorming sessions during last week’s Senate Democrats’ retreat, identifies legislation designed to reform the federal tax code, expand tax credits for research and development and manufacturing, speed up clean-energy technology, provide funding for new infrastructure, and offer more training opportunities for job seekers.” LINK

The Hill: Dems Say Ahead Of Meeting They’ll Stand By Obama Spending Freeze.“Senate Democrats on Wednesday said they would stand by President Obama’s call for a five-year freeze on spending while criticizing House Republicans for slashing the budget. Ahead of meeting this afternoon at the White House between Obama and Senate Democratic leaders, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said some in his caucus want to go further, hinting deeper cuts are still possible.  … Senate Democrats also unveiled their agenda for 2011 at Wednesday’s press conference, a month and a half after the start of the new Congress.” LINK

The Hill: Senate Dems’ ‘Win The Future’ Plan Stuffed With Energy Proposals. “Senate Democratic leaders are calling for extended tax credits for manufacturing ‘clean energy’ components and wider financing for low-carbon energy projects as part of a broader agenda to boost U.S. economic competitiveness. Democrats, picking up on President Obama’s State of the Union theme, rolled out a plan Wednesday to ‘win the future’ that combines various tax credit, infrastructure and education initiatives, along with a five-year spending freeze. Energy items in the proposal include a ‘Clean Energy Deployment Administration’ – also known as a ‘green bank’ – that would offer various financing tools to help shepherd advanced energy technologies into commercialization. Various iterations of the idea have surfaced in House and Senate energy bills in recent years but have not become law.” LINK

?Dow Jones: Senate Democrats To Heed Obama Call For Spending Freeze.“Senate Democrats will announce on Wednesday a pledge to heed President Barack Obama’s call for a five year discretionary spending freeze, a senior leadership aide said. Obama made the call in his $3.73 trillion fiscal 2012 budget request released on Tuesday. The move would generate $400 billion in savings over the next decade, the administration has said. The Democratic leadership aide said the commitment would be made at a press conference Wednesday where lawmakers will roll out their agenda for 2011, which the party’s leaders have said will focus on stimulating job growth.” LINK

Dow Jones: US Senate Democrats Pledge To Hold Vote On Yuan Manipulation Bill. “Senate Democrats said they would include in their 2011 legislative agenda a measure to compel the Obama administration to take action against China’s alleged policy to deliberately keep its currency level depressed. Democratic leaders rolled out several bills on Wednesday they plan to pursue in 2011, and included on the list legislation backed by Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) that would seek to force the Obama administration’s hand in its dealings with Beijing over allegations of currency manipulation.” LINK

Politico: Reid: Senate Dems Prepping CES Bill. “Senate Democrats are preparing energy legislation for the floor that includes the ‘clean energy’ standard sought by President Barack Obama, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday. Reid said he’s looking to Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to hash out details on the plan which would increase the nations’ reliance on cleaner burning sources of energy, including solar and wind, and perhaps folding in ‘clean coal’ and nuclear power. ‘There’s an agreement as I understand it between Chairman Bingaman and Sen. Murkowski on the standard,’ Reid said. ‘It’s not as high a standard as I’d like.’” LINK

CNN: Senate Democrats back Obama’s proposed spending freeze. “Senate Democrats said Wednesday they would sign on to President Obama’s proposed five-year spending freeze as they attempt to wrest back headlines from Republicans’ dramatic spending cut debate in the House. At their press conference, Senate Democrats spoke about the need to invest in clean energy, infrastructure and education to “win the future” and keep the economy from dipping back into a recession.” LINK