The government shutdown is over, and lawmakers agreed to fund it until January 15th* and raise the debt ceiling through February 7th. Republicans like Ohio Senator Rob Portman are now looking towards future negotiations.
In a conference call with reporters, Portman called this week’s deal a “mixed bag”. He was happy the country didn’t default on its debts and the government is back in business, and that there’s a new provision to verify income levels for people applying for the Affordable Care Act. But he says the agreement does nothing to address the nation’s long-term debt.
WASHINGTON, DC - Tea partiers rallying in Washington say House Speaker John Boehner should stay in his job - for now. Gathered across the street from the Capitol on Wednesday, members of the populist movement said they want the Ohio Rep. to rebuff any deals that don't include steep spending cuts, even if the August 2nd deadline passes and the U.S. begins a first-ever default.
Americans are growing anxious as Congress continues debating whether to raise the government's debt ceiling and under what conditions.
Thousands of voters have been contacting their representatives locally and on Capitol Hill. The Associated Press is reporting that most of those voters say they want Congress to strike a deal ahead of Tuesday's deadline.