A coalition of Republicans and Democrats are passing funding bills through the U.S. House of Representatives but Democrats are refusing to go along in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday.
"The House has quietly shown that the two parties aren’t completely at odds in this debate — that there is in fact some common ground here," McConnell said.
"Over the weekend," McConnell said, "the House passed a bill that said a government shutdown doesn’t affect the Free Exercise of Religion on military bases — 184 Democrats agreed.
“Another bill said government workers shouldn’t have to wonder how they’re going to pay their bills during a shutdown — 189 Democrats agreed.
“The bill to fund FEMA drew 23; NIH drew 25; National Parks, 23."
Republicans have worked to fund programs with the exception of requesting a delay in implementation of Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act.
While Democrats in the House are beginning to support funding non-Obamacare programs, McConnell said, Senate Democrats are responsible for the overall shutdown of portions of the federal government because they refuse to go along.
“There’s actually a fair amount of agreement among Republicans and Democrats over there that lawmakers have a duty and responsibility that rises above the politics of the moment to fund things like veterans, cancer trials, the National Guard and Reservists in every state," McConnell said. “The problem is the Senate.