The White House issued a formal veto threat Wednesday for five piecemeal government funding bills.
"Consideration of appropriations bills in a piecemeal fashion is not a serious or responsible way to run the United States government," the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement. The OMB specifically cites H.J. Res. 70, H.J. Res. 71, H.J. Res. 72, H.J. Res. 73, and H.R. 3230 as pieces of legislation that President Obama would veto if they were to reach his desk.
"Instead of opening up a few government functions, the House of Representatives should re-open all of the government," OMB said. "The harmful impacts of a shutdown extend across Government, affecting services that are critical to small businesses, women, children, seniors, and others across the nation. The Senate acted in a responsible manner on a short-term funding measure to maintain Government functions and avoid a damaging Government shutdown. The House of Representatives should allow a straight up or down vote on Senate-passed H.J. Res. 59."
So for those of you keeping track, here are the stopgap measures the White House is refusing the sign:
H.J. Res. 70: Open Our National Parks and Museums Act
H.J. Res. 71: Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act
H.J. Res. 72: Honoring Our Promise To America's Veterans Act
H.J. Res. 73: Research for Lifesaving Cures Act
H.J. Res. 73: Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act
The White House is holding hostage funds for our national parks, museums (including the WWII museum), DC, VETERANS, medical research, and the National Guard. The fact that this administration is keeping funds from veterans for political gain should enrage all Americans. The next time you hear talk of the "Republican Shutdown," remember this: The House passed a bill to fund the government (while defunding Obamacare). When that failed, Republicans passed several stopgap measures to ensure that some of the more "essential" of our "non-essential" services were maintained, including payment for Veterans. It was Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and the Democrats who are refused to vote for these measures, essentially ripping funds away from our nation's finest.
And meanwhile, at the WWII Memorial: