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On Tuesday, I wrote a diary on the beginning of piecemeal budgeting by the GOP, what I'm calling here "government a la carte." On Tuesday, the GOP efforts failed because they did not reach a 2/3 margin necessary to suspend the rules and achieve passage---even though several dozen Democrats gave them support on each measure.

Since then, however, they've continued with government a la carte and have been able to go straight to passage. Democrats, of course, should oppose government a la carte on principle. The GOP should not be able to pick and choose which programs they want to keep funding and which they don't, building a government from the ground up and leaving everything they dislike unfunded. We all know that Republicans are happy to see programs like WIC and agencies like the EPA go unfunded.

Of course, the emphasis above had to be on the "should" because Democrats tend not to be brimming with principle. One can understand to an extent why certain Democrats in weakly held seats might want to vote with the Republicans so that they can't be accused of "hating our veterans" or "voting against our national parks" (even though the Republicans actually want to cut all of those programs quite deeply.) But "only to an extent." If Democrats could message their way out of a paper bag, it wouldn't be a problem.

Yesterday, the GOP decided to fund parks, museums, and memorials and the NIH. Today, it decided to fund reserves and veterans benefits.

The first vote yesterday was to continue appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It passed 252 to 173, with 23 Democrats joining for government a la carte:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Bruce Braley (IA-01)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Andre Carson (IN-07)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Bill Foster (IL-11)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
John Garamendi (CA-03)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)
Derek Kilmer (WA-06)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Bradley Schneider (IL-10)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

Next, the GOP decided it felt like continuing to fund the NIH. The bill passed 254 to 171, with 25 Democrats supporting this example of government a la carte:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Bruce Braley (IA-01)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Andre Carson (IN-07)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Bill Foster (IL-11)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
John Garamendi (CA-03)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)
William Keating (MA-09)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
Stephen Lynch (MA-08)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Bradley Schneider (IL-10)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)
John Tierney (MA-06)

First up today was the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act, which would continue “appropriations during a Government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perform inactive-duty training during such period.”

It passed 265 to 160, with 36 Democrats voting with the GOP for budgeting a la carte:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Timothy Bishop (NY-01)
Bruce Braley (IA-01)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
John Carney (DE-AL)
Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Pete DeFazio (OR-04)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Bill Foster (IL-11)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
John Garamendi (CA-03)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)
William Keating (MA-09)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
Stephen Lynch (MA-08)
Dan Maffei (NY-24)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Rick Nolan (MN-08)
Bill Owens (NY-21)
Ed Perlmuter (CO-07)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Gary Peters (MI-09)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Bradley Schneider (IL-10)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

Next up was a bill to continue making appropriations for veterans benefits. It passed 259 to 157, with 35 Democrats voting with the GOP for budgeting a la carte.

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Timothy Bishop (NY-01)
Bruce Braley (IA-01)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Bill Foster (IL-11)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
John Garamendi (CA-03)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)
Denny Heck (WA-10)
William Keating (MA-09)
Derek Kilmer (WA-06)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
Stephen Lynch (MA-08)
Dan Maffei (NY-24)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Bill Owens (NY-21)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Gary Peters (MI-09)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Bradley Schneider (IL-10)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)
John Tierney (MA-06)

Here are the 20 Democrats that voted with the Republicans each time:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Bruce Braley (IA-01)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Bill Foster (IL-11)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
John Garamendi (CA-03)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Bradley Schneider (IL-10)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

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  •  I am going to give Kyrsten Sinema so much crap (8+ / 0-)

    Im going to make a special point of showing up to her next public meeting and really ask her some hard questions. And all the appearances after that. And if she thinks we'll forget about this by the next election, she's in for a rude surprise.

    Bacon pancakes, makin' bacon pancakes. Take some bacon and I'll put it in a pancake. Bacon pancakes, that's what it's gonna make - bacon pancakes!

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:38:53 PM PDT

  •  no discipline (5+ / 0-)

    Although I also fault Obama for saving congressional flights from long waits. If it were still worser to travel on planes, then...??

    These guys have to hold the line - we need the government to open, not fund piecemeal and allow them to get away with not opening it right now.  

  •  These are pretty much free votes (3+ / 0-)
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    CoyoteMarti, ban nock, kurt

    If Pelosi thought this was going anywhere in the Senate, she would have whipped these folks hard... and, of course, since the rethug votes were unanimous, the bills would have passed anyway...

    Which isn't to say this isn't more than a little troubling. I've contributed to a few of these...

    There's none so blind as those that will not see. --Jonathan Swift

    by chuckvw on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:48:50 PM PDT

    •  I'm hoping that's true especially for the IL peeps (2+ / 0-)
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      Kevskos, chuckvw

      You are right that it is troubling though. Definitely going to check in with my rep on this. Our district is just pale blue and the Repub recruit to go up against us in 2014 is a reasonable moderate woman who's been in the IL State House for years, so has no record of voting for the Ryan budget and against immigration reform like the incumbent we whipped last time. She will be very formidable and will definitely rally the well-off suburban Repubs, while we will have to get amazing turnout from all our diverse supporters in an off year. And of course the Goopers and their PACs already have us on their target list.

      When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

      by CoyoteMarti on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 06:09:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  There are no penalties (4+ / 0-)

    ...for these folks.  A good bit of their campaign funding is independent of the Democratic leadership, and the leadership always tilts toward incumbents and giving them cover on member self-designated "tough votes".

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:49:04 PM PDT

  •  None from MD (2+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos, night cat

    Despite suffering a lot from the shutdown.

    •  Way to (2+ / 0-)
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      Bisbonian, kurt

      many from AZ, 40% of our Democratic Congresscritters;  glad, and not surprised that mine is not on the list.  I love my Congressman, good old Grijalva.

      "In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism" Marine Corp Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler

      by Kevskos on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 06:26:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  It's called politics the Dems give the impression (0+ / 0-)

    of cooperation but never really pass anything to help the dumb GOP, Tea Party, Koch Addicts.

    •  Not necessarily (0+ / 0-)

      In my district, NY-18, we were fooled by a Third Way/Bloomberg type, Sean Maloney. He dislodged a Republican, but as soon as he got in, he started voting like a Republican on everything but feel-good social issues like gay marriage.

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 08:00:41 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I wouldn't read too much into it (0+ / 0-)

    If Nancy Pelosi gets mad about it, I'll worry.

    The only two names I recognised from my state aren't very conservative one progressive caucus rich businessman, the other a middle of the road kind of district.

    I recced though, good to notice votes, they're real important but maybe not this time.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 07:17:11 PM PDT

  •  Kinda surprised that Enyart isn't on the list (0+ / 0-)

    for at least one of the issues involved, and glad in a way.

  •  I Wouldn't mind senate passing just the WIC and (0+ / 0-)

    NIH bills, even though i think this approach is really dumb.

  •  PRIMARY THEM (0+ / 0-)

    Let them taste the medicine.

  •  My letter to Kyrsten Sinema (0+ / 0-)

    I supported you. I voted for you. I am ashamed of you. Your votes joining Republicans on the government shutdown and your disingenuous explanations are shameful. You don't have one tenth of the dignity of Harry Mitchell, who put his seat at risk (and eventually lost it) but gave Americans the health care they deserve and that you want to take away from them.

    I'd rather vote for a Republican for the first time in my life than voting for you again. At least there is a possibility that, while completely wrong, they may honest people. Honesty is not a word that applies to you.

    Sincerely,

    •  Don't cut off your nose to spite your face (0+ / 0-)

      On most votes like this swing district democrats are allowed, and even told to throw a bone to the independents in the district. Remember, neither she nor Barber won by large amounts in highly swingy districts.

      The votes are going nowhere in the Senate, ind if there was a chance to pass this s---, there would have been a lot more discipline.

      BTW, I am not surprised by the 20 names. I don't have their winning margins in front of me. But if I did, I would probably see a lot of <1 to 5% margins.

      The attitude of "You didn't vote the right way 100% of the time, and I will punish you by not showing up" is what got us in the minority in the House. Let's not compound it in 2014.

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