WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the federal government begins the second week of the government shutdown, Congress remains in gridlock. President Obama and Senate Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), continue to refuse to come to the negotiating table. However, since the shutdown began on October 1, 2013, the House of Representatives has passed a variety of funding bills to reopen essential functions of the federal government that have widespread support.
“Beginning even prior to the October 1st deadline, I have repeatedly said that the United States can ill afford this shutdown, as it can have long term effects on our struggling economy, and put many hard working government employees out of work. Though, while the Republicans and the Democrats are unable to agree on the broader funding bill, we should be able to compromise and pass legislation to fund things that we can agree upon such as funding the salaries of our armed forces, reopening the National Institute of Health to new patients, and ensuring FEMA aid continues to go to those in need, just to name a few,” Rep. Young said. “The House has also passed a measure to make sure that when this shutdown does end, the nation’s federal employees currently furloughed are compensated, because they should not be penalized for Congress’ inability to govern.
“Despite the House’s best effort to find non-controversial areas of government to compromise and continue funding, the Democrat controlled Senate remains entrenched, with their heels dug in, refusing to pass even bills to fund things they support. This cynical approach towards governance does a disservice to the American people.”
Below is a list of bills that have passed the House but have yet to be taken up by the Senate:
Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act (H.J. Res. 71): allows our nation’s capital to continue operating using its own funding. (Passed in the House by voice vote).
Open Our Nation's Parks and Museums Act (H.J. Res. 70): opens all of our national parks and museums, including the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC that was initially closed to veterans by the administration. (Passed in the House 252-173)
Research for Lifesaving Cures Act (H.J. Res. 73): provides funding for the National Institute of Health, which is responsible for lifesaving medical innovations and cancer research. (Passed in the House 254-171)
Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act (H.R. 3230): ensures the government shutdown doesn’t affect pay for our National Guard and Reserve. (Passed in the House 265-160)
Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act (H.J. Res. 72): provides immediate funding for critical veterans benefits and services, including disability claims, education and training, and more. (Passed in the House 259-157)
National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act (H.J. Res 85): provides immediate funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (Passed in the House 247-164)
Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act (H.J. Res. 75): provides immediate funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. (Passed in the House 244-164)
Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223): provides for compensation of federal employees furloughed. This is similar to bipartisan legislation enacted during previous shutdowns. (Passed in the House 407-0)
Food and Drug Safety Act (H.J. Res. 77): provides immediate funding for the Food and Drug Administration. (Passed in the House 235-162)
Head Start for Low-Income Children Act (H.J. Res. 84):
provides immediate funding for the Head Start Program. (Passed in the House 248-168)