Congress At Impasse Over Budget; Government Shutdown Looming

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)With the federal government just hours away from a partial shutdown, a new poll finds that support for the conservative Tea Party movement has hit a record low.

According to a Marist poll released Monday, 23 percent of registered voters nationwide consider themselves to be supporters of the Tea Party.

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Support for the group had never fallen below 25 percent since Marist began tracking support for the political movement in Sept. 2010.

In its first poll tracking support for the Tea Party three years ago, the movement enjoyed an all-time high of 34 percent. It has since hovered in the upper 20s, according to the poll findings.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a freshman Tea Party senator, filibustered last week in an effort to derail implementation of the Affordable Care Act, labeled by some as Obamacare.

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Congress has reached an impasse over the budget over the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

The GOP-led House continues to include provisions to delay or defund parts of the law in its budget, which are continually voted down in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

If neither side relents or a compromise isn’t reached before midnight Monday, some areas of the government could temporarily shutter and hundreds of thousands could see their paychecks or benefits stalled.

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