Democrats continue to oppose the GOP's piecemeal approach to funding the government and insist House Republicans take up the Senate's continuing resolution. President Obama has already signed into law a narrow bill ensuring funding for the military during the shutdown, and Republicans today cast the military reserve bill as something that should have been included in that bill.
"I've heard from many concerned members requesting that we address these issues as quickly as possible, to prevent any lapse in pay for our Guard and reserve members during the shutdown," he said. "This bill would correct that, and ensure that all of our service members receive their paychecks on time, including for time served on weekend drill."
Democrats rejected this and said the piecemeal approach to funding the government is leaving too many important issues behind. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) said Congress still hasn't dealt with issues like military maintenance and procurement, research and development, and other important issues that would be covered by a full appropriations bill.
Democrats also said the piecemeal approach reflects the GOP plan to undermine ObamaCare, and they charged Republicans with looking to engineer instability in the operation of the federal government. Visclosky said he recently saw one Republican who was happy with ObamaCare's clunky start.
"My colleague was gleeful and happy and cheery, because my colleague had called their state [insurance] exchange and 12:30 a.m. ... and the system didn't work," Visclosky said.
"Gleeful that government didn't work, and that's before we shut it down. What have we come to here?"
Democrats again sought to call up the Senate-passed continuing resolution, which funds the government through Nov. 15 and includes no language related to ObamaCare.
Democrats tried to use a motion to recommit the bill to call up the Senate plan. But the presiding officer ruled that this request was not germane to the narrow spending bill.
Just like yesterday, Democrats sought to appeal that ruling, and Republicans moved to table the appeal. The GOP succeeded in a 228-194 vote.