Good Friday morning, and welcome back to the Alley, everyone. Here's what's happening around the Web.
House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both write in today's Washington Times calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In a bold turn, McConnell invites Democrats to join the GOP in fighting for repeal, writing, "It's time for Democrats to stop defending the indefensible and to join us in repealing this colossal mistake." Boehner reiterated that the House is voting on July 11 to repeal the law giving the Senate and president a "a second opportunity to follow the will of the American people."
Today's jobs numbers will likely confirm what anyone looking for a job probably already knows, writes my colleague Catherine Hollander: "the economic recovery is probably occurring even more slowly than you thought."
The Labor Department will release its latest jobs report on Friday. Economists expect the unemployment rate to remain at 8.2 percent, the same as the previous month but nearly 2 percentage points lower than the recession-era peak reached in October 2009.
Awkwardness? What awkwardness? That was pretty much the response of new American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees president Lee Saunders when asked about any lingering tension between Democrats and unions after the failed attempt to recall Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, writes The Hill's Kevin Bogardus.
"It's a non-issue as far I'm concerned. The election is over," Saunders said in an interview on C-SPAN's Newsmakers that will air Sunday. "Our coalition is intact. We are still mobilizing and educating and organizing our members and organizing those communities. We are prepared to fight back in Wisconsin. We are going to win in the end in Wisconsin."And in case you missed these developments on the Hill: the Rules Committee is holding an expedited meeting on Monday to weigh the repeal of the health care law. Plus, my colleague Billy House reports that the House's draft of the farm bill cuts nearly $11 billion more than the Senate version.
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