Community Post: 13 Things The GOP Has Tried To Keep Running Through The Shutdown
1. War Memorials
HJ Res. 70 would have opened all of our national parks and museums, including the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC that was initially closed to veterans by the administration. This attempt was blocked by senate democrats, and the measure received a veto threat from President Obama.
2. Survivor’s Benefits for Families of Slain Soldiers
HJ Res. 91 ensures that death benefits to families of fallen troops will continue to be disbursed during the government shutdown. The senate democrats have yet to act on the measure.
3. Back Pay for Federal Workers Furloughed Due to the Shutdown
HR 3223 provides for compensation of federal employees furloughed due to Senate Democrats’ government shutdown. This is similar to bipartisan legislation enacted during previous shutdowns. This legislation is pending action in the senate.
6. Military Benefits and Services for Veterans
HJ Res. 72 provides immediate funding for critical veterans benefits and services, including disability claims, education and training, and more. The measure was blocked by senate democrats and received a veto threat from President Obama.
10. Head Start Programs
HJ Res. 84 provides critical education funding to support Head Start programs across the country. The measure was blocked by senate democrats and received a veto threat from President Obama. Anyone? Anyone?
13. A Bipartisan, Bicameral Group to Negotiate, Resolve Differences, Re-Open the Government, and Address the Federal Debt
The ‘Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth Working Group Act’ was initiated by HR 3273, but was blocked by senate democrats and received a veto threat from President Obama.
The GOP Has Tried, the Democrats Have Cried
I think it’s pretty clear who wants to keep the government running and get our nation’s fiscal house in order, and who is trying to inflict as much pain as possible.