WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) - The government shutdown continues, but the House of Representatives was in session Friday as Republicans tried again to fund separate bills to fund government operations and Democrats held their ground saying they want a bill that funds everything including the Affordable Care Act or nothing.
One of the separate bills would have restored funding for the Women Infants and Children, or WIC program. Democratic Representative Rosa DeLauro from Connecticut’s 3rd District urged Members to vote against the bill. Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy next to speak.
He criticized her and other Democrats for refusing to help people that rely on a program both sides agree on. “I hear a passionate speech from the gentlelady from Connecticut, and I hear my friends across the isle applauding? We’re here to provide funding for nine million women and children. We’re here to provide funding for people who need help and aid, and when we’re here to do the work of the people, you applaud and say no, I don’t want that money to go to them? That’s wrong.”
He urged Democrats to pass this and other funding bills passed by House Republicans, and stop giving special treatment to certain groups in the Affordable Care Act. “We have a shutdown right now. Why? Everyone in this chamber is in Obamacare. In America, we are in Obamacare. All we’ve asked for is that Barack Obama and the administration join America and this institution in Obamacare. That’s what we’ve asked for, and we know that big business and the lobbyists came to Washington D.C., and they said give us a one year exemption from the tax. Give us an exemption, and Mr. President, he said OK big business, I’ll give it to you. All we said is, Mr. President, treat the individuals in America the same way you’re treating big business.”
The bill passed the Republican controlled House 222-183. Like similar individual spending bills, it is expected to die in the Democratic controlled Senate.
The House of Representatives also passed a funding bill for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It too passed the House, but is likely to get no support in the Senate.
The House of Representatives is planning to reconviene Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.