So, which side is operating in bad faith? How long can the media spin this in the Democrats’ favor?
House Republicans tried to soften the blow — in reality and politically — of a government shutdown Tuesday with bills that would provide funding for veterans, for national parks and for the District of Columbia. But Democrats said no.
Republicans tried to pass the three bills under suspension of the rules, in which a two-thirds majority is required. But Democrats, who characterized them as face-saving measures after forcing a government shutdown, refused.
The House rejected the veterans affairs funding bill, 264-164, with 33 Democrats joining all Republicans in support of the measure. The national parks bill was rejected 252-176, with 22 Democrats joining all but one Republican (Rep. Don Young of Alaska) in support of the measure; the D.C. funding bill was rejected 265-163, with 34 Democrats joining all Republicans in support of the measure.
House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said his panel would bring the three bills up under a rule on Wednesday, so Republicans could pass the measures with a simple majority. It’s an open question whether Sessions would allow Democrats to have a standard motion to recommit on the bills, for fear that Democrats would force Republicans to go on record opposing a “clean” CR through a procedural vote. (Read More)
The Democrats are hopping mad, which is odd since they’re the ones who are allegedly winning this fight. What are they afraid of, that people will find out that a “slimdown” of the government isn’t such a bad thing after all? Are they afraid that the media won’t be able to show images of dejected tourists turned away from national attractions? Are they afraid Americans will notice that maybe we don’t need so many non-essential EPA workers?