The Washington Times
House Republicans plan to keep trying their new piecemeal approach to solving the shutdown, setting up yet another round of votes Wednesday on bills that would fund veterans affairs and national parks -- and adding new bills to fund the National Institutes of Health and to pay the National Guard and the military reserves.
But the White House budget office said President Obama "strongly opposes" those bills and would veto them if they were to reach his desk.
"Consideration of appropriations bills in a piecemeal fashion is not a serious or responsible way to run the United States government. Instead of opening up a few government functions, the House of Representatives should re-open all of the government," the budget office said in a statement vowing the veto.
House Democrats blocked the veterans and national parks bills on Tuesday, and also defeated one that would let the District of Columbia spend its own tax money to stay open during a shutdown.
But the Tuesday votes were under rules that required a two-thirds majority to pass. Wednesday's votes will only need a simple majority, and judging by the previous tallies there is significant bipartisan support to push these bills through.
Indeed, the veterans affairs spending measure attracted more than 30 Democrats.
House Republicans say that if the Senate won't negotiate, then the House will just pass individual bills to fund critical or high-profile parts of the government, daring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reject them.
Democrats bristled at being forced to pick and choose between their favorite spending projects, and got backup from Mr. Obama's veto threat.
Republicans, though, point to the bill the president signed this week to keep paychecks flowing to the troops during the shutdown as evidence Mr. Obama might be willing to blunt some of the worst effects of the shutdown.
Mike Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said, "How does the White House justify signing the troop funding bill, but vetoing similar measures for veterans, National Parks, and District of Columbia? The President can't continue to complain about the impact of the government shutdown on veterans, visitors at National Parks, and DC while vetoing bills to help them. The White House position is unsustainably hypocritical."
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Editor's Note: "Consideration of appropriations bills in a piecemeal fashion is not a serious or responsible way to run the United States government," the White House has stated. Really?...In fact, there are 12 appropriations bills that need to be addressed each year by law: an outline by May 15 and a proposal by April 15. There is no mandate that these bills have to be rolled into an omnibus package. Progressives and Democrats like rolling them into omnibus packages because they can hide pork and special interest spending in huge pieces of legislation. So, the "piecemeal fashion" is the traditional fashion...and, incidentally, the fiscally responsible fashion...
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