A recent Gallup poll has shown that the American people give US lawmakers an 11 percent job approval rating as congressional Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach an agreement over reopening the federal government and raising the US debt ceiling.
The 11 percent job approval rating for Congress was just one percentage point above the worst rating recorded in Gallup history and eight points below last month’s rating. On October 1, the US government partially shut down operations as congressmen refused to agree on a temporary spending bill that would keep the federal government funded. With over a week now into the federal government shutdown, there is no end in sight to the political stalemate in Washington as Congress also faces a mid-October deadline for raising the government’s debt limit of $16.7 trillion. Under US law, the government cannot breach a certain debt limit, and lawmakers must pass legislation to authorize the government to exceed that limit. If such legislation is not passed, the government cannot pay its bills. The US Treasury has warned of catastrophic effects if the current impasse forces a US default on its obligations. American economists have also warned that a possible default on US debt would be damaging the domestic and global economy. However, some Republican congressmen are suggesting that it is no big deal if debt limit is breached. “I would dispel the rumor that is going around that you hear on every newscast, that if we don't raise the debt ceiling, we will default on our debt,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) told CBS’ ‘This Morning’ on Monday.