The government's website where people sign up for health care exchanges under Obamacare launched the same day the government shut down. It has been plagued with major glitches, and even Obamacare supporters call it a mess. The White House has repeatedly refused to tell us how many people have signed up for insurance through the website. It is now day 16, and we're still waiting for numbers. 360's Drew Griffin has the story.
The debt deal Congress agreed upon tonight funds the government through January 15th and lifts the debt ceiling until february 7th. But then we could be back to square one. David Walker is the Former Comptroller General of the United States.
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Sen. John McCain has been very vocal about his disdain for what's been happening in Washington over the last 16 days. From the floor of the Senate he called it one of the more shameful chapters he has seen in all his years in Washington. As the budget deal was heading for a vote, he told Anderson the shutdown was "unacceptable to most Americans and the polls show that."
After a 16 day government shutdown, sometimes it is hard to find the right words to explain what's going on in Washington. Republican consultant Alex Castellanos raised plenty of eyebrows last night on AC360 when he tried using "bunny sex" as an analogy. Tonight he is face-to-face with Lucy the bunny.
Lucy is available for adoption.
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It was not just Democrats taking shots at the Republicans during this budget battle, some in the GOP are lashing out at members of their own party. Anderson spoke to Republican Congressman Matt Salmon, who acknowledged he did not agree with everyone in his party, but he still called them "the good guys."
Democratic Congressman Steve Israel weighs in on the Senate's vote to end the government shutdown. With the end of this budget battle in sight, Rep. Israel tells Anderson he looks forward to debates with Republicans on other issues, including Medicare, jobs, immigration and "balancing the budget responsibly."
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has been venting frustration with the small amount of leverage his party had heading into this budget deal. On Twitter he wrote, "To say we as Republicans left a lot on the table would be one of the biggest understatements in American political history." Sen. Graham spoke with Anderson and Dana Bash.
Editor’s Note: Anderson Cooper will be reporting live from Capitol Hill tonight as the Senate and House get ready to vote on the new deal to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Do both chambers have enough votes to get it passed? Join us at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for our breaking news coverage.
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