Congress gets very low approval ratings by the public and a senior member of the Nebraska delegation body says it has earned the low marks.
Nearly eight of 10 Americans questioned in a Washington Post poll express dissatisfaction with the political system. Nearly three-quarters of those polled stated they have little or no confidence in Washington.
Senator Nelson says the debt ceiling debate drove low public opinion numbers for Congress even lower. He says members of Congress used to reach across party lines to find solutions.
“Now we have a situation where people just oppose, obstruct and don’t try to find solutions in many instances,” according to Nelson. “And that’s what the American people saw and that’s why they’re turned off by what they saw. And they’re right to be turned off.”
Nelson, a Democrat, is critical of the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party that he says takes the stance of my way or no way. Congress came within hours of the deadline to raise the debt ceiling or risk default. Republicans in the House refused to vote to raise the debt ceiling without commitments to cut the budget. The agreement reached made $900 billion in immediate cuts, but put off deeper budget cuts until later when a special Congressional panel can make recommendations to the entire body.