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Thursday, April 7, 2011

House Approves a Bill to Fund Military even if the Government Shuts Down; Obama says he'll veto it!

The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1363 Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which will fund the military for the rest of the fiscal year even if there is a government shutdown.

Obama says he'll veto it!!!! Why? Why would he want to prevent our military men and women from getting their paychecks while he bickers over budget cuts? This shutdown looms because we are currently operating under a continuing resolution that is only in place because Congress refused to pass a budget last October. At that time, House Democrats could have passed a budget without having any opposition from Republicans. But, they would have had to show the American voters how much they were trying to raise spending just a few weeks before the elections.

The government shut down is supposedly only shutting down "non-essential" programs. Are they trying to say that our military is non-essential??? The GOP was NOT in charge last October and had no control over what the budget would have looked like. The Democrats refused to pass that budget because they didn't want their voters to see how much money they wanted to spend on "social programs" like the cowboy poetry festival in Nevada. Now that they have somebody standing up to them, they're squealing about the GOP's cuts and hanging our military service men and women's paychecks in the balance. Congress, White House: fund our military NO MATTER WHAT!!!

Although the military is important, they are not the only important people who will be affected. The leadership should be able to accomplish their jobs in the required amount of time, just like everyone else in America. It's really horrible that good people are being affected by this bickering. 535 people in congress, along with our current administration, are holding the rest of the country hostage. They need to be stopped! What’s your opinion? -Julie

Links to sources:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-1363http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/04/military-pay-shutdown-update-040711w/http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/government-shutdown-looms-deal-john-boehner-obama-harry/story?id=13321179

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