House votes down GOP’s piecemeal spending bills

By Pete Kasperowicz – 10/01/13 08:02 PM ET

The House on Tuesday night rejected three appropriations resolutions that would have funded the District of Columbia, veterans programs and national parks, after House Republicans set them up in a way that required Democratic support for passage.

GOP leadership decided earlier in the day to advance smaller spending resolutions as a way to ease the impact of the government shutdown that started today. But Democrats held out against this tactic, and most voted against the three bills in order to keep up pressure for a comprehensive spending package.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the piecemeal strategy would allow Republicans to pick and choose which parts of the government to fund, which she compared to a slow release of hostages.

“They took hostages by shutting down the government,” Pelosi said. “Now they’re releasing one hostage at a time.” Continue reading “House votes down GOP’s piecemeal spending bills”