About 46 million people get government help in the form of food stamps when buying food. That's roughly 15 percent of the population. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has had to put off a construction project because Congress failed to pass a short-term extension of the Federal Aviation Administration's budget. The hold-up has caused construction layoffs. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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While consumers reduced credit card spending after the financial crisis hit, they are starting to raise their debt loads again. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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President Obama meets with lawmakers today for talks on the debt ceiling. "I don't think the American people sent us here to avoid tough problems," he told reporters Tuesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Kevin Morlan arranges packages of pork at a local Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa. Economists are predicting meat prices will rise 7 percent this year. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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