Bridenstine Statement on Government Shutdown and Frequently Asked Questions
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|
|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|
House Passes CR No. 2- H.J. Res. 59- Paulsen Amendment -Extends the length of the CR back to the original 75-day length, and repeals the Medical Device Tax.
|House Passes CR No. 2- H.J. Res. 59- Blackburn 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. 3- H.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. 3- H.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. 71- Withholding 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. 72- Providing 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||2||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