House Democrats rejected three different bills proposed by Republicans on Tuesday that would provide funding veterans, national parks and the District of Columbia.
The measures, designed to eliminate some of the most unpopular consequences of the ongoing shutdown, required a two-thirds majority vote under the House’s rules, as reported by NBC.
Here’s how the votes broke down on the three separate bills:
- The Veterans Affairs funding bill was rejected 264-164, with 33 Democrats joining all Republicans in support of the measure.
- The National Parks bill was rejected 252-176, with 22 Democrats joining all but one Republican (Rep. Don Young of Alaska) in support of the measure;
- The Washington D.C. funding bill was rejected 265-163, with 34 Democrats joining all Republicans in support of the measure.
House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said his panel would bring the three bills up under a rule on Wednesday, so Republicans could pass the measures with a simple majority.
However, even if the bills pass the House, Democrat leaders have vowed to kill them.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the Republican effort a “wacky idea” that would simply “cherry-pick some of the few parts of government that they like.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the GOP plan was akin to “releasing one hostage at a time.”
The White House also rejected the approach, which appeared to unite the Republicans and multiple moderate Democrats, saying Obama would veto it.
And so, the shutdown enters its second day with both sides digging in their heals – determined not to be the first to blink. Republicans insist on separating ObamaCare funding from budget legislation while Barack Obama, Harry Reid & Co. are determined to make the shutdown as visible and painful as possible. (See: White Tours Cancelled Due to Sequestration)
It promises to be another day of gaiety in our nation’s capital, folks.