Senators to Watch 'The Big Short'

Brown is going to watch the 'Big Short' on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A bipartisan group of senators is heading to the movies, hoping an Academy Award-nominated film may help shed light on the Great Recession and what lessons can be learned.  

"The Big Short," directed by Adam McKay and based on the bestselling book by Michael Lewis, examines the lead-up to the 2008 financial collapse. It has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. On Wednesday, McKay comes to Capitol Hill to participate in a panel discussion with Senate Banking ranking member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., and Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and will screen the movie at the Capitol Visitor Center. “The movie opens a window on the financial crisis in a compelling and understandable way. With every year that passes, the more we have to be careful not to forget the causes and consequences of the Great Recession,” Brown told HOH. “Plus, it’s not often that you can have a discussion about collateralized debt obligations without putting people to sleep.”  

For Senate Democrats, No Credit for Wage Proposal From Obama

In September, 15 Senate Democrats put pen to paper to urge President Barack Obama to issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10. On Tuesday, they'll get exactly what they wanted from Obama — except for any recognition of their efforts.  

Of the 15 lawmakers on the letter, championed by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., four senators are up for re-election in 2014: Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii.