Like a spoiled child taking his ball and going home, Obama (through spokesman Jay Carney) advised media, Wednesday, that he would not negotiate with Republicans on budget items unless they do everything his way.
The House has put forward several spending bills that cut no funding from various agencies affected by the "government shutdown", but Senate Democrats refuse to hear them and Obama has threatened to veto any of these that makes it to his desk.
Democrats rejected a bill, the Research for Lifesaving Cures Act, to provide funding for children's cancer and other important research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Obama specifically included this on a list of bills he would veto.
Other bills that were passed by the House, Wednesday and Thursday, that were rejected by Senate Democrats and specifically listed by Obama as destined for veto are:
- Pay Our Guard and Reserves Act - securing pay for National Guard and military reserves.
- Honoring Our Promise to American's Veterans Act - paying for veteran's benefits and services
- Provide Local Funding for DC Act - allows DC to allocate and spend for governmental functions
- Open Our National Parks and Museums Act - resumes funding for parks and museums
Regarding the Honoring Our Promise to American's Veterans Act, Speaker of the House John Boehner stated, Thursday;
“Republicans are making good-faith efforts to keep key parts of the government running, including important veterans programs. With the backlog of disability claims continuing to pile up and veterans being forced to wait longer and longer to receive their benefits, it is critical that the White House and Congress work together to support our veterans. President Clinton and Congress agreed to support veterans programs during the last government shutdown, and we should do the same today.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proved once again, Wednesday, that he either doesn't know or doesn't care about the Constitutional role of government entities.
Reid was asked by CNN about funding the NIH, citing the Democrats' claim that not funding the NIH would deny funding for children's cancer research.
"What right did [House Republicans] have to pick and choose what part of government can be funded?", Reid responded.
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives the House exclusive venue on all government spending.
Worse than that, when asked, “If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”, Reid replied, “Why would we want to do that?”
The Democrats are putting ideology above Americans, the majority of whom are steadfastly against Obamacare. It's time they do what they are supposed to do and run the government with the consent of the citizens.
"The president reiterated one more time tonight that he will not negotiate. We’ve got divided government. Democrats control the White House, the Senate; Republicans control the House. We sent four different proposals over to our Democrat colleagues in the Senate. They rejected all of them. We’ve asked to go to conference to to sit down and try to resolve our differences. They will not negotiate.", Boehner advised.