Republican Government Shutdown — The American People Do Not Approve

Speaker Boehner and House Republicans, are you listening yet?

Huffington Post: Congress Approval Rating Drops To Dismal 5 Percent In Poll

The Associated Press-GfK survey found that just 5 percent of the public approves of the job being done by senators and representatives, while 83 percent disapprove. 11 percent said they neither approved nor disapproved.

Gallup: Dysfunctional Gov’t Surpasses Economy as Top U.S. Problem

Americans are now more likely to name dysfunctional government as the most important problem facing the country than to name any other specific problem.  Thirty-three percent of Americans cite dissatisfaction with government and elected representatives as the nation’s top issue, the highest such percentage in Gallup’s trend dating back to 1939.  Dysfunctional government now eclipses the economy (19%), unemployment (12%), the deficit (12%), and healthcare (12%) as the nation’s top problem.

It’s time for Speaker Boehner to bring the Senate-passed CR to the floor for a vote.  The Republican Government Shutdown must end.

From the New York Times Editorial: First End the Crisis, Then Talk

The path forward is glaringly obvious even to a growing number of House Republicans: a clean continuing resolution to fund the government for a few weeks or months, and an unconditional increase in the debt limit.

If Mr. Boehner continues to refuse to put those measures on the floor, Republicans and Democrats should join together to sign a discharge petition to force a vote, which would undoubtedly pass.  And then the talks about what would be good for the country’s future can begin.


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