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House passes National Guard pay act (UPDATED – Veterans funding too)

House passes National Guard pay act (UPDATED – Veterans funding too)

Net-Net Today: Vast majority of House Democrats vote against paying National Guard, Reserves and Veterans.

The House of Representatives will bring two funding bills to a vote today, H.R. 3230 – Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act, and H.J.Res. 72 – Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act (again).

The vote just concluded on the National Guard funding, and it passed, with 160 Democrats voting against it:

House National Guard Pay Act Vote

Breaking 2:20 p.m., House suspends debate, on lock down, shots fired in front of Capitol.

Update 3:30 p.m., House is back in session.

Update 4:50 p.m.,: The vote just concluded on the Veterans’ Benefits funding, and it passed, with 155 Democrats voting against it:



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    DriveBy in reply to MAB. | October 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    From your link:

    This is all Ted Cruz’s fault (sarc):

    “To fund these piecemeal bills would give Ted Cruz a veto power over what is funded and what isn’t,” Schumer said. “We are not going along with that — how could we?”

    Same Same in reply to MAB. | October 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Is it just me, or do we have 10 more Democrats voting in favor than with previous attempts? If so, then I would say we seem to have the stronger hand.

LibraryGryffon | October 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I think we’ll have to use this to beat Joe Courtney over the head with next year here in CT-02, if we can get a decent candidate to run against him. Nice little Democrat lapdog, voting the way the DNC tells him, rather than in the best interests of his constituents.

I’m getting fed up with this.

I’m especially fed up with those on the “right” that treat this as a political game, and do nothing to advance “facts”.

-because it contained increased taxes (the most in one Bill in history), the House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, initiated and passed Obamacare.

-The Senate, which just became filibuster able thanks to the election of Scott Brown, used budget reconciliation to pass Obamacare because it was a tax

-The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate, driver of Obamacare, because it was a tax

-Now, the republicans hold the House of Representatives, and hold the power to tax, or not to tax

They have chosen to delay the tax.

The Senate, and Executive should be begging, pleading, at the very least negotiating with the House if they want to continue this tax. Not, calling them terrorists and what not.

What happens when one party passes major taxes without any support of the other party? Then, the other party is elected? THIS.

This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.

-James Madison, Federalist 58

(via Doug Ross @ Journal)

Repubs should continue to rack up these easy votes, getting Democrats to vote against them. Great ammo for the 2014 elections where there are contests.

    Rick in reply to pfg. | October 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    You are exactly right. Moreover, having several of these votes every day will put pressure on the house democrats, perhaps in a cumulative amount that pushes them to demand that the senate “compromise.” Obama needs to win the house in 2014 to be in a position to complete his destruction of America. Having these votes will make that more difficult for him to achieve.

Suddenly, the scalpel has lost favor with the Democrats. Did this happen with the negative publicity exposing Gosnell’s abortion clinic?

Obamacare is merely a clump of policies still in gestation. It is inviable and a burden. Dismember it. Vacuum it. Flush it. It’s a citizen’s right. It’s a citizen’s choice. Are Democrats anti-citizen?

Today, they prefer hatchet jobs, including Obamacare. I wonder how many people equate insurance and health care. I wonder how many people recognize the role of redistributive change schemes to cause artificially inflated costs of health care, housing, education, etc. Obamacare is a revenue generation scheme designed to preserve the status quo.

I wonder if the woman who tried to ram a vehicle into a government barrier (another barricade?) did so because of the amped-up rhetoric of the dems.

Her political affiliation is pertinent in this matter, since a pattern of angry Obama supporting criminals have gone on mass killing sprees lately.

Chris Dorner –

Aaron Alexis –

Floyd Lee Corkins –

See a pattern emerging? Amp-up Rhetoric, watch angry supporters do dastardly deeds.

myveryownpointofview | October 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

O/T but important (I feel).

Today the federal government tried to block entry to Mount Vernon, George Washingtons home.

Mount Vernon is PRIVATELY owned and operated, yet the feds went to Mount Vernon and put up barricades to parking and to the bus access. The signs on the barricades blamed the “closure” on the shutdown.

But Mount Vernon was NOT closed, and is still operating, as they have stated on their website. I contacted the press person there at Mount Vernon for a status update, and her reply is as follows:


Thank you for your concern. It is very touching to hear from so many other people who care about this site so deeply.

Mount Vernon is open. Our parking lots are open. The barricade was placed in front of Mount Vernon’s parking lots for a short period (less than 3 hours). Once the National Park Service realized that we own the parking lots, the barricades were removed immediately.

Anything you can do to help get the word out that Mount Vernon and its parking lots are open would be much appreciated!



The President right now is getting what Presidents have wanted in the past: the line-item veto.

This is just another example of a government so large, they don’t even know which parks they operate or not.

Down with the “Barrycades”!