UW political experts weigh in on shutdown progress
Congress still in a deadlock, coming on two weeks of government shutdown
Recent conversations on Capitiol Hill have lawmakers and political experts optimistic about a temporary deal to bring the shut down to an end for now.
UW politics expert David Cannon said there are still a number of issues republicans and democrats still aren't seeing eye-to-eye on.
However, new compromises have some to light, including one plan proposed by Maine Republican Susan Collins. Collins pitched extending the debt limit until January and reopening the government in exchange for talks on reducing long term debt and repealing a medical equipment tax in the President’s health care law.
Cannon said Obama and Congress democrats have made it clear that they do not want any of the health care bill to be defunded or tampered with.
Cannon said republicans are, in part, responding to negative poll outcomes.
“All of the public opinion polls that have come out in the last few days were all showing the Republicans taking a big hit on this, that most Americans were blaming Republicans for the shutdown, approval for republicans was at like a 25 year low, disapproval was at a 25 year high,” Cannon said. “And finally, the party elders said, hey, we've got to get going on this. This is hurting the party too much.”
Cannon mentioned being a frequent state of shutdown doesn't just look bad at home.
“There's no doubt that our credibility is damaged around the world when thus kind of thing happens. They look at us and say, why can't you guys get your act together?” Cannon said. “And this is, you know, something that shouldn't happen on a regular basis.”
Cannon estimated any short-term solution would only last about two months.
“I think its unfortunate development in American politics to have to go to that kind of brinkmanship to be able to so the normal business of Congress,” Cannon said. “And it seems to me, that's not a healthy way to run the political system, and it'd be better to use the normal political process and not use this kind of brinkmanship we've seen lately.”
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