House Vote To Keep Government Open Shows What’s Really Going On Here

Dave Johnson

Yesterday the House was presented with a “clean” continuing resolution to keep the government in operation. The House passed it overwhelmingly by 277-151.

Wait, you thought this was controversial? You thought the House wanted to shut down the government over defunding Planned Parenthood? Then why did the House overwhelmingly pass this continuing resolution 277-151?

The answer is not one that is explained to the public: because they were allowed to vote on it.

For some time Republicans have been preventing the House from voting on certain things because they would pass. This is the way that a few ultra-conservatives have been able to obstruct the majority of the House – and the majority of the public – from getting what they want. They use obscure rules to prevent votes on things that a majority would certainly pass.

The public needs to understand that what is happening and has been happening to our country is flat-out obstructionism. If the House was allowed to vote, lots of things would get done.

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