US Congress approval ratings at all-time low

Experts say the most pressing issues of 2013 were not addressed by Congress, which only passed 60 bills.

Last updated: 31 Dec 2013 11:32
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From showdown to shutdown, 2013 was the year US politicians chose to govern by crisis.

Now they are paying the price because congressional approval ratings are at all-time lows and, with mid-term elections due in 2014, the chances of an improvement may be unlikely.

Despite members of Congress collecting a salary of $174,000 a year, the most pressing domestic issues in 2013 went unaddressed, according to most political experts.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington DC.


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