Colorado Republicans Fight to Avoid Federal Shutdown Over Dem Opposition

October 1, 2013
Senate Democrats have once again killed a House bill that would have kept government open and running

Senate Democrats have once again killed a House bill that would have kept government open and running

DENVER—Colorado Democrats and their allies worked frantically Monday to pin the looming federal shutdown on Republicans even as the GOP-led House passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open.

“In 2 hours the US gov’t will shutdown. CO’s GOP has done nothing to avert this crisis. They will have have [sic] to answer to CO fed employees,” said the Colorado Democratic Party in a Monday night post on Twitter.

The swipe came even as all four Republicans in Colorado’s House delegation voted late Monday in favor of a compromise bill that would fund the federal government while granting a one-year delay for the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

“For the third time this month, I voted to keep the government open,” said Republican Rep. Cory Gardner on Twitter.

At the same time, Republican Rep.  Mike Coffman saw his bill, the Pay Our Military Act, approved by both houses and signed Monday by President Obama. The law ensures that members of the Armed Forces, as well as essential civilian employees and contractors, are paid in the event of a government shutdown.

“The last thing a soldier, Marine, airman, or sailor deployed overseas needs to worry about is whether or not they will get paid so their families can be taken care of,” said Coffman in a statement.

Meanwhile, Colorado Democrats continued to take shots at the GOP, even after Senate Democrats rejected late Monday a House compromise.

“#CO’s nearly 400k #veterans could see benefits delayed in the GOP #shutdown. RT to say #EnoughAlready to these partisan games,” said Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on Twitter.

The House voted 228 to 201 in favor of the continuing resolution to fund the federal government, delay the individual mandate requiring all Americans to buy health coverage, and eliminate taxpayer subsidies for members of Congress’s health plans.

For the third time, however, Senate Democrats killed the House budget resolution.

From Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn: “I voted for a 3rd CR to keep government operating. It also eliminates special subsidies & carve-outs for Congress under #ObamaCare.”

Voting against the budget resolution were Colorado’s two Senate Democrats and three House Democrats, including Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado), who attacked Republicans for floating the compromise. Democrats have said they will not vote to keep the government open unless Republicans remove all restrictions on Obamacare.

“As we stand on the brink, it’s time for House GOP to stop the delaying tactics & allow a vote on a clean CR,” said DeGette in a late Monday Twitter message.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado) delivered an emotional plea Monday on Facebook to fund the federal government, although he has voted against the House budget resolutions.

“Govt shutdown of our country impacts tens of thousands of Colorado workers and vital flood assistance. Our military, federal labs, Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park – are all affected,” said Perlmutter in a Monday post.

Republican Rep. Scott Tipton pointed out that Republicans have voted repeatedly to avoid a shutdown.

“This weekend the House voted to keep the government open. Where was the Senate?” said Tipton in a Monday Twitter message.

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One Response to Colorado Republicans Fight to Avoid Federal Shutdown Over Dem Opposition

  1. Bob Terry
    October 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Notice it is always the Republicans fault, and let’s not forget. George Bush’s too. Yes they are the majority body, but Liberals and Democrats complain and finger point regardless. The senate majority leader hasn’t passed a budget in almost 5 years. They want it their way, no matter the cost, whether is works or is efficient , or if it even benefits anybody. I see the union head of the government employees union was butt hurt because of the use of the word non-essential employees. Really. That thin skinned? Hey if you’re non-essential, well why are we even paying you period? I guess when everyone finally comes to, and has had enough things might change. Till then we have DeGette of Arc, The mighty Jared, and the dynamic duo. Udall and Bennett fighting for us. Whew. I thought all was lost!,


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