Thompson Discusses House Passed Measures to Fund Government, End Stalemate

October 5, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today issued the following statement on the status of the government shutdown and efforts in the U.S. House to fund critical government services and operations.

“In addition to passing three separate continuing resolutions to fund the government prior to the lapse of appropriations, the House has passed, with bipartisan support, eight separate bills to fund critical government operations,” said Thompson. “Even though many of my Democrat colleagues in the House have supported these measures, the Senate has denied consideration of almost every proposal.”

“The American people are suffering under the shutdown and taxpayers are being neglected as the Senate refuses to do its job,” Thompson added. 

The House on Saturday voted unanimously to retroactively pay back federal employees furloughed due to the shutdown. Following the vote, Thompson delivered remarks from the House floor on the eight separate funding bills that passed the House over the last week.   

“These measures should have received the support of every member. They are bills that should have passed the Senate and made their way to the President’s desk,” stated Thompson. “Let’s end this stalemate and move forward with the people’s business.”

A chronological list of House and Senate actions since October 1, 2013:

OCTOBER 1, 2013

House appointed negotiators to a formal House-Senate conference to fund the government.

Pay Our Military Act (H.R. 3210): ensures our troops would be paid in the event of a government shutdown. (Passed in the House 423-0).

OCTOBER 2, 2013

Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act (H.J. Res. 71): allows our nation’s capital to continue operating using its own funding. (Passed in the House by voice vote).

Open Our Nation's Parks and Museums Act (H.J. Res. 70): opens all of our national parks and museums, including the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC that was initially closed to veterans by the administration. (Passed in the House 252-173)

Research for Lifesaving Cures Act (H.J. Res. 73): provides funding for the National Institute of Health, which is responsible for lifesaving medical innovations and cancer research. (Passed in the House 254-171)

OCTOBER 3, 2013

Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act (H.R. 3230): ensures the government shutdown doesn’t affect pay for our National Guard and Reserve. (Passed in the House 265-160)

Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act (H.J. Res. 72): provides immediate funding for critical veterans benefits and services, including disability claims, education and training, and more. (Passed in the House 259-157)

OCTOBER 4, 2013

National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act (H.J. Res 85): provides immediate funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (Passed in the House 247-164)

Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act (H.J. Res. 75): provides immediate funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. (Passed in the House 244-164)

OCTOBER 5, 2013:

Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223): provides for compensation of federal employees furloughed due to the government shutdown. This is similar to bipartisan legislation enacted during previous shutdowns. (Passed in the House 407-0)