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Winners and Losers in the Federal Budget and Debt Debate: A Live Web Chat with Darrell West

Recent polls show that partisan wrangling over raising the nation’s debt limit and the broader budget debate has harmed the approval ratings for both members of Congress and President Obama. The longer the stalemate persists without a solution, the more the public seems to be saying “a pox on both your houses.” Yet when the smoke clears, who will be held responsible for the success or failure of the negotiations to avoid the first default on financial obligations in U.S. history?

On July 27, Darrell West, vice president and director of Governance Studies, took your questions on the potential winners and losers in the political blame game over the budget impasse in a live web chat moderated by POLITICO.

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