Just days before the end of its fiscal year, the Senate has cobbled together an agreement to keep the government funded and in operation for a week, avoiding a possible government shutdown and pushing further action on the budget into November. Many analysts saw the most recent crisis as unnecessary, and polls show sharply falling approval rates for Congress. Meanwhile, the country remains in an economic slump and many economists say congressional budget squabbles are exacerbating the problem.
On September 28, budget expert and former member of Congress William Frenzel took your questions about the dysfunction plaguing the congressional budget process and the consequences of persistent partisan gridlock. Vivyan Tran from POLITICO moderated.
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[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.