The federal government shut down Friday night following the Senate’s failure to pass a temporary spending bill.
The government shut down was the fault of Senate Democrats, and any notion otherwise is utter nonsense.
The final vote on the temporary spending bill was as follows:
- 50 in favor
- 49 against
- 1 abstention
The partisan break down of this vote was as follows:
- In Favor: 45
- Against: 5
- Abstention: 1
- In Favor: 5
- Against: 44
- Abstentions: 0
60 votes were needed to pass this resolution (find out why 60 votes were needed, here).
So, even though the Republicans hold a 51 seat majority in the Senate, if all Republicans would have voted in favor, nine Democrats still would have had to vote in favor for the bill to pass.
Democrats held the key votes, and they killed the bill. Only 5 democrats voted in favor of the spending bill.
The bill was intended not only to keep the government open, but also to provide six years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and to suspend multiple taxes imposed by Obamacare.
So, the Democrats are choosing to shut down the federal government and to not fund a program that provides low-cost health coverage to American children whose families can’t afford private insurance, in order, in large part, to protect illegal immigrants.
This story is developing.
Cover Photo Courtesy of Martin Falbisoner