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Cramer Votes to Keep Funding for Veterans During Shutdown, Bill Fails Due to Lack of Democrat Support

Oct 1, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer voted to ensure veterans services continue to be funded during the current federal government shutdown, however the measure failed due to lack of support from Democrats. It would have funded the Department of Veterans Affairs and its critical services including veterans disability payments, VA home loans, education training, and the GI bill. The vote was brought under a suspension of the rules and required a two-thirds majority to pass the House.

“While we wait for President Obama and Senate Democrats to join us at the negotiating table, critical support services for our veterans must remain intact. It is unacceptable for House Democrats to block funding for veterans in order to prop up their shutdown of the federal government.”

A separate bill which was supported by Republicans but failed due to lack of Democrat support would have provided immediate funding for the continuing operations of national parks including Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and public exhibits in Washington, D.C. including the Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Museum.