Polling numbers are starting to roll in after last week’s deal in Washington to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. And it looks like the folks on Capitol Hill face some historically bad numbers that could foreshadow a rocky midterm election in 2014.
Buried in this week’s deal to reopen the government is funding for a little-known panel to oversee the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
The drama in Washington over the partial government shutdown and debt-ceiling deadline is coming to a head today. Here’s a look at the key moments to look for in this ongoing story.
A key part of the fiscal cliff drama last January, across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester, are now a big obstacle in preventing a deal in Washington about the debt ceiling and government shutdown.
Congress had to know voters wouldn’t be happy with a government shutdown and a debt-ceiling crisis. But two recent polls show many Americans would fire all of Congress, or lobby for a new political party.