The Truth About the Shutdown

September 20 – House Republicans pass a bipartisan Continuing Resolution (230-189) to keep government running at current spending levels and defund the Affordable Care Act. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

September 28 – House passes another Continuing Resolution to keep government open and avoid a shutdown. Republicans attempt to negotiate with Democrats and agree to delay implementation of Obamacare for 1 year. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

September 30 – the House insists on a plan to fund government at current spending levels and pass Continuing Resolution that includes provision to ensure NO SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR CONGRESS under the president’s health care law. House Republicans request a formal House-Senate conference. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

October 2 – Open our National Parks Act, to keep national monuments like the WWII memorial open, passes the House with bipartisan support (252-173). SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

October 3 – Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act passes the House (265-160). SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

October 2 – House Republicans pass the Research for Lifesaving Cures Act to fully fund the National Institute of Health and continue critical lifesaving research. After refusing to take a vote in the Senate, Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid asks, “Why would we do that?” SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

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October 3 – Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act provides immediate funding for critical veterans benefits and services. House passes the bill with bipartisan support. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

October 4 – National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act to ensure FEMA continues to operate as normal passes the House. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

October 7 – Food & Drug Safety Act to ensure routine food inspections and critical drug safety services are uninterrupted passes the House. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

And where is Minnesota Senator Al Franken? Standing shoulder to shoulder with Senator Reid. They could have stopped the shutdown by simply eliminating Congress’ exemption from Obamacare and repealing the medical device tax. But they wouldn’t. AL FRANKEN, HARRY REID AND SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

October 8 – Head Start for Low Income Children Act to fund an initiative championed by President Obama passes the House. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth Working Group Act to conduct negotiations, resolve differences, re-open the government, and address the debt passes the House. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act to keep federal workers who are still on the job paid on-time unanimously passes the House. SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO ACT!

The federal government shutdown is now in its 15th day. MN Senator Al Franken and his fellow Democrats in the Senate continue to refuse to work with Republicans. It’s time for the Democrats to get back to work. The #SenateMustAct to end the shutdown.

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