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The White House Is Copy And Pasting Its Way To Government Shutdown Despite Bipartisanship In Congress

- July 26, 2013

Obama And The White House Are Adopting A “More Confrontational” Approach To Budget Talks With Congress, Which Includes The Possibility Of A Government Shutdown. “Senior White House officials are discussing a budget strategy that could lead to a government shutdown if Republicans continue to demand deeper spending cuts, lawmakers and Democrats familiar with the administration’s thinking said Thursday. The posture represents a more confrontational approach than that of this spring, when President Obama decided not to escalate a fight over across-the-board reductions known as sequestration in an earlier budget battle with Republicans.” (Zachary Goldfarb and Paul Kane, “White House Hardens Stance On Budget Cuts Ahead Of Showdown With Republicans,” The Washington Post, 7/25/13)

Considering That The House Has Passed Three Appropriations Bills On A Bipartisan Basis, Obama’s Veto Threats Are Out Of Line With His Own Party, Let Alone Congressional Reality, And Threaten To Needlessly Shut Down The Government

In June, The House Passed Its First FY2014 Appropriations Bill To Fund Military Construction, The VA, And Related Agencies – And 180 Democrats Voted For It. (H.R. 2216, Roll Call Vote #193: Passed 421-4:  R 229-0; D 192-4; 6/4/13)

  • Despite Bipartisan Support, The White House Issued A Veto Threat For Any House Appropriations Bill That Did Not Include A Replacement To The Sequester And Take Place In The Context Of An Overall Budget Framework. “Unless this bill passes the Congress in the context of an overall budget framework that supports our recovery and enables sufficient investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and  national security for our economy to compete in the future, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2216 and any other legislation that implements the House Republican Budget framework.” (“Statement Of Administration Policy: H.R. 2216 – Military Construction And Veterans Affairs, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014,” The White House, 6/3/13)
  • The Hill Headline: “House Ignores Obama Veto Threat, Passes First 2014 Spending Bill.” (Pete Kasperowicz, “House Ignores Obama Veto Threat, Passes First 2014 Spending Bill,” The Hill’s Floor Action Blog, 6/4/13)
    • “The Vast Majority Of Democrats Voted For It, Ignoring A Threat That President Obama Would Veto The Bill, Passing The Measure By A Clear Veto-Proof Majority.” “The bill found broad support from both parties, and was able to pass the House in a 421-4 vote. All four ‘no’ votes came from Democrats, but the vast majority of Democrats voted for it, ignoring a threat that President Obama would veto the bill, passing the measure by a clear veto-proof majority.” (Pete Kasperowicz, “House Ignores Obama Veto Threat, Passes First 2014 Spending Bill,” The Hill’s Floor Action Blog, 6/4/13)

Also In June, The House Passed The Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill For FY2014 – And 25 Democrats Voted For It. (H.R. 2217, Roll Call Vote #211: Passed 245-182:  R 220-10; D 25-172; 6/6/13)

  • Despite Bipartisan Support, The White House Copy And Pasted Its Veto Threat, Refusing Any House Appropriations Bill That Did Not Include A Replacement To The Sequester And Take Place In The Context Of An Overall Budget Framework. “Unless this bill passes the Congress in the context of an overall budget framework that supports our recovery and enables sufficient investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and national security for our economy to compete in the future, the President's senior advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2397 and any other legislation that implements the House Republican Budget framework.” (“Statement Of Administration Policy: H.R. 2217 – Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014,” The White House, 6/3/13)

This Week, The House Passed The Department Of Defense Appropriations Bill For FY2014 – And 95 Democrats Voted For It. (H.R. 2397, Roll Call Vote #414: Passed 315-109:  R 220-8; D 95-101; 7/24/13)

  • Despite Bipartisan Support, The White House Copy And Pasted Its Veto Threat, Refusing Any House Appropriations Bill That Did Not Include A Replacement To The Sequester And Take Place In The Context Of An Overall Budget Framework. “Unless this bill passes the Congress in the context of an overall budget framework that supports our recovery and enables sufficient investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and national security for our economy to compete in the future, the President's senior advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2397 and any other legislation that implements the House Republican Budget framework.” (“Statement Of Administration Policy: H.R. 2397 – Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014,” The White House, 7/22/13)

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