Appearing on CNBC Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., told the business network Americans are fed up with the calamity in Washington over the ongoing debt ceiling deliberations as the August 2 deadline looms.
Yarmuth was asked what his constituents are thinking about the frustrating negotiations, and the three-term congressman ripped congressional leaders as the clock ticks towards the first ever default.
“They can’t believe we are operating in this way,” he said. “The idea that we would be contemplating significant changes in very important programs to institutions like Medicare and Social Security behind closed doors, with a gun at our heads, a date certain. And these talks are being done in secret. We shouldn’t be doing business this way.”
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Earlier today, Republican leaders delayed a scheduled vote on the plan proposed by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Oh., which observers note is a sign he lacks enough support in his own caucus to ensure passage.
The vote will be held Thursday evening, according to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office, but even if the plan passes wit it has been declared “dead on arrival” by Senate Democrats.
“Somebody said the job approval rating of Congress is 10 percent,” Yarmuth said. “I’m trying to figure out who those idiots are.”