Eighty-two percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, according to a New York Times poll from early August.

U.S.-Captiol-StepsThey have vastly different approaches to the economy, but the new heads of the bipartisan deficit supercommittee are trying to show they can play nice together.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a longtime appropriator who advocates stimulus spending, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), an anti-tax saying that they are working together to come up with a work schedule and chose a staff for their new group.

“In the days since [Senate] Leader [Harry] Reid [D-Nev.] and Speaker [John] Boehner [R-Ohio] asked us to undertake this joint responsibility, we have been working together to ensure that the committee we help build is given every opportunity to succeed,” Murray and Hensarling said in their statement.

The co-chairmen say they have been talking to come up with rules to govern the committee’s work, a schedule of meetings and are exploring how to build a committee staff that will help us achieve success.”

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Source: Erik Wasson | The Hill