As Washington tries to get it together following the end of the government shutdown crisis, gas prices have dropped, significantly, and are expected to continue to fall over the coming weeks. According to ABC World News Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, gas prices fell across the nation with “experts say[ing] it’s only going to get better.” The current supply of gasoline is 10 percent higher than what it was last year. Unemployment, also, fell to 7.2 percent, the lowest level since November 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Glitches in the Affordable Health Care website are drawing fire from Republicans. Programmers who built the site told the Associated Press, according to Yahoo News, they were frustrated by last minute changes and “unrealistic deadlines.” U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has been asked to resign by Paul Ryan, Republican chair of the House Budget Committee, reported the Washington Bureau of The Daily Beast, Tuesday, because of the programming problems. The White House, according to press secretary Jay Carney, will not be firing Sebelius. They are seeking qualified programmers to fix the problem, instead. Secretary Sebelius is scheduled to testify before Congress next week.
Sunday morning, Oct. 20 on ABC News This Week with Martha Raddatz filling in as host for George Stephanopoulos, put forth an effort to change the tone, taking pressure off the Republicans without attempting to mask her preferential demeanor. In a one-on-one with House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, Raddatz commented, “We sit here after two outrageous weeks. I know you can blame Republicans for this, but Americans look at what happened — most of them — with disgust.” Raddatz neglected to inform her viewing audience that most of that “disgust” was for Republicans with their approval rating dropping to 26 percent, last week.
ABC News reported Tuesday, Oct. 22 that the congressional approval rating was at an all-time low at only 12 percent, with 85 percent disapproving of Congress following the shutdown. According to that report, congressional Republicans took the biggest hit with their approval rating dropping, again, to only 21 percent after the budget talks. Only 25 percent of voters would re-elect current representatives with 66 percent of them saying they preferred to seek replacements.