[Ed. note: How do you spell “hypocrisy”?]
Three funding measures failed to pass because of Democrat opposition in the House on Tuesday night that would have maintained veterans’ benefits, kept national monuments and other historic sites opened, and continued local funding for the District of Columbia.
As a result of these votes happening during the suspension calendar, a 2/3 majority was necessary for passage, but not enough Democrats voted for the measures. Republicans were shocked that a majority of House Democrats did not vote for the bills considering the history of the circumstances.
Interestingly, Democrats in Congress and President Bill Clinton approved of similar interim funding measures during the last government shutdown, which lasted from December 16, 1995 to January 5, 1996. Five days after the shutdown, Congress passed funding measures that would restore funding to veterans’ benefits as well as appropriation for local funds in the District of Columbia.