House Republicans plan to keep funding parts of government

House Republicans signaled Wednesday that they intend to keep pushing to fund targeted parts of the government.

“We are going to take every issue that is out there that we have agreement on, and put it on the floor,” Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said at a news conference on the second day of the government shutdown.

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“And we will pass the funding bills to go to the Senate,” he added.

The House will vote Wednesday on five separate measures to fund certain parts of government: veterans benefits, national parks, the D.C. government, the National Institutes of Health and the National Guard.

The GOP brought three of those proposals to the floor Tuesday night under a procedure that required a two-thirds vote for passage, meaning that Republicans needed dozens of Democrats to join them. All three measures fell short.

Under a simple majority vote, all are likely to pass, though the Senate is expected to reject them, and the White House has promised a veto if they get that far. Cantor told reporters that the GOP would consider bills to fund other parts of the government, like Head Start, as well.

The majority leader’s comments came in the latest in a series of events and photo-ops held by both parties to try to pressure and cast blame on the other side.

With the Washington Monument in the background, Cantor and a handful of other GOP lawmakers castigated the White House and Senate Democrats for the issue that World War II veterans had at their memorial.

Protesters also greeted the GOP lawmakers as they spoke on the Capitol’s west front, chanting “serve the people, stop the shutdown” and “do your job,” among other slogans.

“We were confronted with this very issue — with veterans flying in from around the country, some of them who may be old enough to think that this is their last chance to see the World War II Memorial,” Cantor said.

“We agree we ought to be funding this government. There ought to be federal employees returning to work. And then we can sit down and discuss our differences.”