House Republicans add short-term spending bills
Hoping to increase the political pressure on Democrats to help approve a series of short-term spending bills, House Republicans announced plans Wednesday morning to vote on two additional measures to help military reservists and government-funded medical research.
The bills would provide funding to pay members of the National Guard and military reservists who are on active duty and to allow the National Institutes of Health to resume most of its research programs.
The two bills are in addition to votes expected again Wednesday on measures that would fund veterans’ health programs, the District of Columbia and the federal government’s museum system and national parks. The House failed to pass those measures Tuesday night under a suspension of normal rules.
Taken together, the five bills represent five of the most high-profile government programs or groups of people affected by the shutdown – U.S. military service members; essential city services provided by the District of Columbia; Washington’s iconic and well-visited museums and the nation’s 300-plus national parks; and now NIH, which has been shuttered by the spending impasse. Each of these groups or locations has provided dramatic backdrops for television news cameras and the front pages of the nation’s newspapers in the hours since the shutdown began.