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White House threatens veto on new piecemeal spending bills
President Obama would veto 10 government funding bills that the House is set to vote on in the coming days, the White House said Friday.
"The administration strongly opposes House passage of piecemeal fiscal year 2014 appropriations legislation that restores only very limited activities," the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement of administration policy. The bills Obama would veto are H.J. Res. 75, H.J. Res. 76, H.J. Res. 77, H.J. Res. 78, H.J. Res. 79, H.J. Res. 80, H.J. Res. 82, H.J. Res. 83, H.J. Res. 84, and H.J. Res. 85.
GOVERNMENT IS NORMALLY FUNDED BY 'PIECEMEAL' BILLS
Since the government shutdown, House and Senate Republicans have proposed restoring funding to specific agencies or government functions while the parties seek consensus on the larger issues. The House has proposed legislation to reopen the National Parks, the National Institutes for Health and the Veterans Administration, among others. Democrats have flatly refused, dismissing the GOP efforts as "piecemeal" approaches. The thing is, however, government is normally funded by such a "piecemeal" approach.
Before the Senate decided some five years ago that it would no longer take the trouble of passing a budget, the government was largely funded through the appropriations process. Around a dozen separate appropriations bills, each covering one or two federal agencies, made their way through Congress. Some passed through Congress easily. Others took much longer and witnessed more sustained and impassioned debate.
It was not uncommon for Congress to approach a fiscal year deadline with funding for a handful of agencies still in doubt. Congress's regular order for funding the government, in other words, was a "piecemeal" approach.
Why are people trying to blame Obama for this when the Republicans are the ones who caused it by wanting to defund something that was passed through congress and declared consitutional?
Thats like trying to blame an apple for being an orange.
Any excuse to blame Obama for the biggest piece of political stupidity that the Republicans have ever committed.