Given that President Trump took ownership of the recent shutdown of the federal government, and that another shutdown of the federal government looms around the middle of February, and that Democrats control the House of Representatives, it was surprising that House Resolution 79 failed.
After a whole string of whereases, the resolution states:
That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—
(1) the shutdown of the Government of the United States, or any portion thereof, causes substantial damage to Federal employees, to every American who benefits directly or indirectly from Federal services, to our Nation’s economy, and to the reputation of the United States around the world;
(2) shutting down the Government of the United States, or any portion thereof, is not an acceptable tactic or strategy for resolving differences regarding policy, funding levels, or governing philosophy; and
(3) in the future the Congress must ensure the continued, uninterrupted operations of the Government of the United States and its services as well as its duty to protect and promote the security of the American people.
The resolution was introduced by Rep. Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat representing Virginia. Among the whereases were a string of quotes from Republicans badmouthing the notion of using a government shutdown as a political tactic.
The resolution was voted “under suspension of rules” so required ⅔ majority to pass rather than a simple majority.
It received 58%, with all voting Democrats voting yea. Six Democrats did not vote, including our own Harley Rouda (D-CA48). But even if all Democrats had voted yea that wouldn’t have been enough without some Republican votes. In fact, 21 Republicans did vote in favor of the resolution.
The only person to vote nay from our local Congressional representatives was Democrat Mike Levin, representing the 49th California Congressional District.
Update: that’s a ATE from Levin
Congressman Levin’s office notified Orange County Breeze that he had in fact voted in favor of the Resolution. Results of Roll Call Vote 65 as posted by the Clerk support that, so we are correcting this article.