RNC hits Democrats with robocalls on veterans' benefits

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Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are all the subject of robocalls that charge "Senate Democrats think this shutdown is a game."

"They are playing politics by cutting off our veterans and their benefits. In a bi-partisan vote the House of Representatives wanted to make sure our veterans got the benefits they earned for fighting for our freedoms. But, SENATOR (XXX) won’t negotiate," the robocall script reads.

It urges listeners to call their senator and tells them to demand a vote on a measure to restore veterans' benefits in the Senate.

Another, similar robocall is running against Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and notes that she voted against the measure.

The bill to restore veterans' benefits was one of a handful the House has passed in recent weeks as part of a Republican strategy to fund parts of the government — largely uncontroversial, bipartisan segments — at a time while the shutdown continues.

Republicans have used a number of these bills, which often receive a few dozen Democratic votes, in attacks over the past week.

Democrats, however, charge that the best solution to the shutdown would be to open the government entirely, and that the piecemeal approach requires lawmakers to inappropriately pick and choose what's significant to the American people.