Congressman Jim Bridenstine

Representing the 1st District of Oklahoma
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Bridenstine Statement on Government Shutdown and Frequently Asked Questions

Oct 1, 2013
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As your representative in Congress, I want to keep you informed on recent events related to the decision by the Democrats to shutdown the government.

  • The House of Representatives has sent four bills to the Senate that would keep the government open and ensure Members of Congress are treated just like hardworking Americans across the country.
  • The House of Representatives is the only body of government that has the power to re-open the government.  I, along with my colleagues, am working overtime to reopen the government.
  • We’ve acted to protect the American people from a government shutdown and an unworkable law – but the Senate has refused to negotiate.
  • House Republicans have voted to request a conference committee, in which the House and Senate can come to the table, engage in a dialogue, and negotiate a solution. Senator Harry Reid has refused to even open a dialogue. 
  • House Republicans remain committed to ending this government shutdown and fighting to protect the American people from Obamacare. It’s time for the Senate to join us at the negotiating table to achieve fairness for all.   
  • On October 1st, Democrats voted against giving veterans their benefits, regardless of the government shutdown.
  • The House has passed 10 "clean" spending bills to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs, national parks and monuments, National Institutes of Health, the District of Columbia and training programs for our National Guardsmen among others. 

The reason the federal government is shut down is because President Obama and his allies continue to protect a failed law that is hurting the country.  Congress should ensure not another dime of taxpayer money is spent on Obamacare.

If you have additional questions regarding federal agencies or how the government shutdown might affect you, please read some frequently asked questions here.

The Democrat Shutdown 
           Yes   No
Date     Legislation    R  
SEPT. 20    House Passes CR No. 1- H.J. Res. 59-Protects the Full Faith and Credit of the United States, Fully Funds the Government while permanently defunding the President's unworkable health care law.      228  2  1  188
 SENATE STALLS, TAKING NO ACTION FOR TWO DAYS
SEPT. 27   Senate Rejects CR No. 1- H.J. Res. 59- Senate sends shorter-term CR, stripped of Obamacare language, by a party-line vote back to the House.   0 54 44 0
SEPT 29   House Passes H.R. 3210- The Pay Our Military Act. Ensures that active-duty military, DOD employees and certain Pentagon contractors continue to receive pay.    231  192 0 0
SEPT. 29  

House Passes CR No. 2- H.J. Res. 59Paulsen Amendment -Extends the length of the CR back to the original 75-day length, and repeals the Medical Device Tax.

   231 17  0  174
  House Passes CR No. 2H.J. Res. 59Blackburn Amendment -Extends the length of the CR back to the original 75-day length, and delays implementation of Obamacare for 1-year.    229 2 2  190
SENATE STALLS, STROLLING IN AT 2 PM THE NEXT DAY
SEPT. 30   Senate Rejects House CR No. 2- H.J. Res. 59-Tabling both amendments and resubmitting a carbon copy of Harry Reid's initial offer.    0  54  46  0
SEPT. 30   House Passes CR No. 3H.J. Res 59- Includes one-year delay of the individual mandate and repeals the Obamacare exemption for White House staff, members of Congress and their staff.    219  9  12 189
SEPT. 30   Senate Rejects CR No. 3H.J. Res. 59- Harry Reid sends the exact same offer to the House for the third time.    0 54 46 0
SENATE DEMOCRATS STAND BY AS  U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN
HOUSE SPEAKER APPOINTS CONFEREES TO NEGOTIATE SOLUTIONS, 
WHILE SENATE DEMS REFUSE TO COME TO THE TABLE. 
OCT. 1    House Democrats Reject H.J. Res. 70- Keeping national parks and museums closed, even to WWII veterans.    230* 22   1  175
OCT. 1    House Democrats Reject H.J. Res. 71Withholding local funding for the District of Columbia.    231*  34  0  163
OCT. 1   House Democrats Reject H.J. Res. 72- Abandoning U.S. Veterans by refusing to fund their benefits.    231*  33 0  164
OCT. 2    House Passes H.J. Res. 70- Keeping national parks and museums open, as part of House Republican's commitment to fully fund the government.   229  23 1  172
OCT. 2   House Passes H.J. Res. 71- Providing funding for the District of Columbia, as part of House Republican's commitment to fully fund the government.    Voice Vote
OCT. 2   House Passes H.J. Res. 73- Providing funding for the National Institutes of Health, which conducts life-saving cancer research, as part of House Republican's commitment to fully fund the government.     229 25  1  170
 WHITE HOUSE ISSUES VETO THREATS 
OCT. 3   House Passes H.R. 3230- The Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act. Ensures that our National Guard and military reservists continue to receive pay.   229   36  0  160
OCT. 3    House Passes H.J.Res. 72Providing funding for programs that support our nation's veterans.    224 35   0  157
OCT. 4    House Passes H.J. Res. 85- Ensuring FEMA continues to receive funding during the government shutdown.   224   23  0  164
OCT. 4   House Passes H.J.Res.75- Ensures proper funding for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides nutrition assistance to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and young children.    222  22  0  164
SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE “NATIONAL CHESS WEEK”   
WHITE HOUSE ISSUES VETO THREATS 
OCT. 5   House Passes H.R. 3223- Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act. providing for the compensation of federal employees furloughed during the shutdown.     218  189  0  0
OCT. 7    House Passes H.J. Res. 77- Providing funding for the Food and Drug Administration    215  20  1 161
OCT. 8   Houses Passes H.J. Res. 84- Providing funding for the Head Start Program.    225   23  166
OCT. 8    House Passes H.R. 3273-Calls for Democrats to come to the table and establishes a 20 member bicameral working group on deficit reduction  and economic growth to make recommendations on the debt limit, FY2014 spending levels, and mandatory spending programs.   222   2  5 192
OCT. 8.      House Passes H.J. Res. 89- Ensures payment of Federal employees who are working during the shutdown.    226  194  0  0
  WHITE HOUSE ISSUES VETO THREATS
OCT. 9    House Passes H.J. Res 91- Ensures that all military payments and survivor benefits for fallen soldiers are continued.   228*   197  0  0
OCT. 9     House Passes H.J. Res. 90- Providing funding for the FAA at the same rate and under the same conditions as FY2013.    229  23  0  172
  WHITE HOUSE ISSUES VETO THREAT
OCT. 10     House Passes H.J. Res. 79- Provides funding for the border security programs at the Department of Homeland Security, at the same rate and under the same conditions as FY2013.    228  21  0 175 
OCT. 10     House Passes H.J. Res 76- Provides funding for the NNSA, an agency that manages the United States' nuclear weapons program research and development.    227 21   0  176
 
*failed under suspension of the rules, which requires two-thirds majority to pass.