U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith Votes to Restore National Parks, Cancer Research Funding

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In the wake of the partial government shutdown– brought on by GOP leadership hoping to dismantle Obamacare–U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith and House Republicans voted to reinstate federal dollars for national parks, including San Antonio Missions National Historic Park as well as cancer and disease research through the National Institute of Health (NIH).

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“These bills are common-sense proposals to provide federal funding for cancer research and to reopen our national parks. The House will continue our efforts to put the federal government back to work. It’s time for the Senate to set partisan politics aside and do the same,” said Smith, who represents portions of Northern SA and parts of Austin, in a statement.

However, the effort to restore funding in separate resolutions is being seen as an irresponsible “piecemeal” process. The White House has threatened to veto these bills as well as other attempts to bring back funding for veterans and low-income women in this selective fashion, reported Politico and Huffington Post. That’s because Senate Dems, like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), see the effort as a, "cynical attempt to pit important programs against each other.”

"Consideration of appropriations bills in a piecemeal fashion is not a serious or responsible way to run the United States government," the Office of Management and Budget said in a Statement of Administration Policy. "Instead of opening up a few government functions, the House of Representatives should re-open all of the government. Consideration of appropriations bills in a piecemeal fashion is not a serious or responsible way to run the United States government.”

The Senate Democrats have yet to take up any of these funding bills, according to C-SPAN. Democrats (and some GOPers) want to pass a comprehensive “clean” bill, one that would reopen the government for at least two months without any provisions to scrap away the national health care law. The shutdown is the first in the past 17 years and affects the Centers for Disease Control to the Department of Defense.

 

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