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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) predicted Thursday that the government will not shut down again any time soon.

"We're not going to go through the shutdown again," McCain said on CNN's New Day. "People have been too traumatized by it. There's too much damage."

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Tea Party favorability has hit a new low, according to a new Pew Research poll released Wednesday.

Forty-nine percent of the public view the Tea Party unfavorably, while 30 percent view the group favorably. A Pew poll in June found that 45 percent viewed the Tea Party unfavorably and 37 percent viewed it favorably. 

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it supports the new Senate plan to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, and it will include the measure as a key vote.

"While important policy issues are at stake in the ongoing debate about federal spending, debts, deficits and entitlements, the full faith and credit of the United States should not be subjected to further brinksmanship," R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the Chamber said in a letter to Congress. "The consequences to the U.S. economy and the American business community of a default are too extreme to be allowed to occur."

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Wednesday that using the threat of a government shutdown to defund the health care law was impossible.

"Too many were led to believe we could accomplish something that was never possible – namely defunding ObamaCare through a government shutdown," Hatch said in a statement, throwing his support behind the latest Senate deal. "This bill isn’t perfect, but it is a path forward to reopen the government and prevent an economy-shaking default."

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