Washington Daybook: Sequestration

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama arrives to speak in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Building next to the White House in Washington, on Feb. 19, 2013.

While President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans trade blame over who’s responsible for the budget stalemate gripping Washington, a new poll shows the president may have the upper hand in the eyes of most Americans.

A Bloomberg national poll released today puts his approval rating at 55 percent, the highest point in three years, while Republican popularity stands at the level since September 2009.

With sequestration set to begin taking effect March 1, House Democrats including Reps. Elijah Cummings and Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrats, hold a news conference on the impact for middle class families and small businesses with Marion Blakey, president of Aerospace Industries Association.

Officials with Aerospace giant Boeing Co. will present a redesign of the 787 Dreamliner’s battery to regulators that they believe will satisfy long-term safety concerns and allow the jet back into air within weeks, Bloomberg News reported, citing people with knowledge of proposal.

Also today, USDA releases its first forecast of acres to be planted for 2013 and the outlook for farm trade, with remarks from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds an event on North American competitiveness and intellectual property. And Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai at the State Department.

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