The Blame Game

The partial shutdown of the U.S. Government has now entered the fifth day with neither the Democrats nor Republicans showing any sign of blinking. However, there is no diminution of accusations by one Party that the opposing Party is to blame. 

Are both right? Both wrong? Or is one right and the other wrong?  Let's review the actions in each branch of Congress of the last few days  - the Senate controlled by the Democrats and the House controlled by the Republicans.

The House passed a Continuing Resolution that funded the entire U.S. Government, but excluded any funding for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. It was rejected by the Senate.

The Senate passed a so-called "clean bill" which included funding for the entire U.S. government and included funding for Obamacare.  It was rejected by the House. 

The House passed H.J. Res. 72 to continue appropriations for veterans' benefits for fiscal year 2014.  No action in  the Senate.

The House passed H.R. 3230 for pay and allowances for members of the National Guard and military reserves.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 73 to continue appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year of 2014. No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 82 to fund continuing operations for the National Weather Service for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action  in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 84 to fund the Head Start program for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 83 to fund the Impact Aid program of the Department of Education  for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.R. Res. 85 to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action by the Senate.  However, both branches subsequently allowed some furloughed employees back to assist against possible damage by the named storm Karen.

The House passed H.J. Res. 86 to fund the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Office of Compliance for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action by the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 76 to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 79 to fund Border Security and Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security for the 2014 fiscal year.

The House passed H.R. 3241 to fund payment to civilian personnel, including National Guardsmen and military technicians, in the Department of Defense for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. to fund the Food and Drug Administration for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.R. 3239 making funds available for the continuation of FBI emergency and critical training programs in the event of a government shutdown.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 80 to fund the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Services.  No action  in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 87 to fund the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J.Res. 78 to fund National Intelligence programs for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 75 to fund the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program  for Women, Infants and Children for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 81 to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration and Environmental Management of the Department of Energy for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.R. 3234 to withhold pay of Members of Congress, the President, and Vice President if a government shutdown is in effect or the Government is unable to make payments or meet obligations because the public debt limit has been reached.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.R. 3231 to fund law enforcement, crime prevention, and victim services programs of the Department of Justice.  No action in the Senate.

Let's ask the question again, "Which Party is shutting down the Government, and which one is trying to keep the Government operating?"



The partial shutdown of the U.S. Government has now entered the fifth day with neither the Democrats nor Republicans showing any sign of blinking. However, there is no diminution of accusations by one Party that the opposing Party is to blame. 

Are both right? Both wrong? Or is one right and the other wrong?  Let's review the actions in each branch of Congress of the last few days  - the Senate controlled by the Democrats and the House controlled by the Republicans.

The House passed a Continuing Resolution that funded the entire U.S. Government, but excluded any funding for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. It was rejected by the Senate.

The Senate passed a so-called "clean bill" which included funding for the entire U.S. government and included funding for Obamacare.  It was rejected by the House. 

The House passed H.J. Res. 72 to continue appropriations for veterans' benefits for fiscal year 2014.  No action in  the Senate.

The House passed H.R. 3230 for pay and allowances for members of the National Guard and military reserves.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 73 to continue appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year of 2014. No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 82 to fund continuing operations for the National Weather Service for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action  in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 84 to fund the Head Start program for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 83 to fund the Impact Aid program of the Department of Education  for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.R. Res. 85 to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action by the Senate.  However, both branches subsequently allowed some furloughed employees back to assist against possible damage by the named storm Karen.

The House passed H.J. Res. 86 to fund the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Office of Compliance for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action by the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 76 to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 79 to fund Border Security and Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security for the 2014 fiscal year.

The House passed H.R. 3241 to fund payment to civilian personnel, including National Guardsmen and military technicians, in the Department of Defense for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. to fund the Food and Drug Administration for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.R. 3239 making funds available for the continuation of FBI emergency and critical training programs in the event of a government shutdown.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 80 to fund the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Services.  No action  in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 87 to fund the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J.Res. 78 to fund National Intelligence programs for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 75 to fund the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program  for Women, Infants and Children for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.J. Res. 81 to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration and Environmental Management of the Department of Energy for the 2014 fiscal year.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.R. 3234 to withhold pay of Members of Congress, the President, and Vice President if a government shutdown is in effect or the Government is unable to make payments or meet obligations because the public debt limit has been reached.  No action in the Senate.

The House passed H.R. 3231 to fund law enforcement, crime prevention, and victim services programs of the Department of Justice.  No action in the Senate.

Let's ask the question again, "Which Party is shutting down the Government, and which one is trying to keep the Government operating?"



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