Washington Week

WASHINGTON — After the GOP-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-controlled Senate were unable to agree on a continuing resolution Monday that would keep government operations funded, the government shut down.

Subsequently, the House of Representatives passed a series of bills that would fund different aspects of the government. This piecemeal approach was rejected by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Democrats, who steadfastly used their 54-46 majority to insist on a “clean” continuing resolution, or one that would temporarily extend government funding at current levels. Each of the following measures passed the House, but Reid did not allow votes in the Senate.

U.S. House vote

• On Wednesday, the House voted to fund national parks, the Smithsonian Institution and other museums by a 252-173 margin, with 229 Republicans and 23 Democrats voting yes, and one Republican joining Democrats in opposing the measure.

Greg Walden, R Y

Earl Blumenauer, D N

Suzanne Bonamici, D N

Peter DeFazio, D N

Kurt Schrader, D N

• On Thursday, the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act, which would fund the National Guard and military reserves, passed by a 265-160 margin. Thirty-six Democrats joined 229 Republicans in supporting the measure, while all of the votes against came from Democrats.

Greg Walden, R Y

Earl Blumenauer, D N

Suzanne Bonamici, D N

Peter DeFazio, D Y

Kurt Schrader, D Y

The House also voted to fund benefits for veterans by a 259-157 margin on Thursday. This time, 35 Democrats joined 224 Republicans to vote yes, and again all the no votes came from Democrats.

Greg Walden, R Y

Earl Blumenauer, D N

Suzanne Bonamici, D .....N

Peter DeFazio, D N

Kurt Schrader, D Y

• On Friday, the House voted to extend the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, which provides funds for education and healthy food for low-income women and infants under the age of 5 at risk of nutrition-related health problems. The measure, which would extend funding at 2013 levels until Dec. 15, passed by a 222-183 margin, with one Republican joining 182 Democrats in opposing the bill. All of the yes votes came from Republicans.

Greg Walden, R Y

Earl Blumenauer, D N

Suzanne Bonamici, D... N

Peter DeFazio, D N

Kurt Schrader, D N

• The House also voted Friday to provide six weeks of funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency by a 247-164 margin. Twenty-three Democrats joined 224 Republicans in support of the bill, while 164 Democrats opposed it.

Greg Walden, R Y

Earl Blumenauer, D N

Suzanne Bonamici, D .....N

Peter DeFazio, D N

Kurt Schrader, D N

— Andrew Clevenger, The Bulletin