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    According to a new poll from Gallup, the approval rating of members of the US Congress has fallen by 3 percent in August compared to the previous month as lawmakers have left for a summer recess.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The approval rating of members of the US Congress has fallen by 3 percent in August compared to the previous month as lawmakers have left for a summer recess, a new poll from Gallup revealed on Wednesday.

    “Now on August recess, members of Congress returning to their districts may receive a skeptical reception from constituents, as 14 percent of US adults approve of the job Congress is doing, down slightly from 17 percent in July,” the poll read.

    The poll also found that 54 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of third-term House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, compared to 23 percent of respondents who view him favorably.

    Some 41 percent of respondents said they view Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unfavorably and 22 percent noted they view him favorably, but 37 percent claimed they did not know who was.

    Since the newly elected 114th Republican-led Congress resumed session in January, the lawmakers have passed a total of 44 bills in the House and Senate, compared to 31 bill passed by the 113th US Congress, and 28 passed by the 112th one, according to the Pew Research Center.

    When Congress returns from its summer recess on September 7, they will need to vote on a spending bill and a new cybersecurity legislation as well as on whether to approve or reject the Iran nuclear agreement.

    The 114th Republican-controlled Congress was elected in November 2014, and started its first session after being sworn in on January 3.


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