House Democrats rally behind bill co-sponsored by Montana Republican Steve Daines

2013-10-08T11:07:00Z 2013-10-29T20:15:26Z House Democrats rally behind bill co-sponsored by Montana Republican Steve DainesBy TOM LUTEY Billings Gazette
October 08, 2013 11:07 am  • 

Attempting to force an end to the federal government shutdown, House Democrats are dusting off a March bill proposed by Montana Rep. Steve Daines and other Republicans that doesn’t defund Obamacare.

In March, Daines co-sponsored the Government Shutdown Prevention Act, a bill that requires the government to remain open if the Congress fails to pass a budget by the end of the federal fiscal year, Sept. 30.

The bill calls for short-term funding to be automatically triggered for 120 days. Government funding would have to be cut one percent for every short -term deal that followed until a budget passed. The bill, H.R. 1164, funded the government, but left Obamacare alone.

The government shut down at midnight Oct. 1 after House Republicans refused to fund the government without also delaying Obamacare and repealing taxes on medical equipment.

The Government Shutdown Prevention Act never received a hearing, but Democrats are now circulating a petition to bring it to the House floor, a move that would require all 200 Democratic signatures plus signatures from 18 Republicans. So far, Republican House Speaker John Boehner has refused to take up government funding legislation that skips the Obamacare caveat. Boehner could not stop the petitioned bill.

Daines wants no part of the Democrats’ petition.

“The short answer to that is, like many things, it’s a political gimmick,” said Alee Lockman, Daines' spokeswoman.

The Government Shutdown Prevention Act was an attempt to avoid government shutdowns, which Daines supports, Lockman said. But being forced to the House floor by the minority party, the bill doesn’t stand a chance. The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., also opposes the Democrats’ petition.

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  1. Leadfoot
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    Leadfoot - October 09, 2013 4:11 pm
    gfos: I could not agree with you more. When one distorts the facts in his every piece, it is not only intentional, it is a lie. If no one checks his facts, they become truth to those who do not do their homework. It's more than pathetic. He is complaining about a tragic, screwed-up piece of Health Care Legislation as if his life depends upon it. He is exempt from ObamaDoesn'tCare, but wants us to fund HIS health plan with our taxes used for his subsidy. Please, people. Just stick to the facts. Daines will never vote for ObamaDoesn'tCare.
  2. sew2
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    sew2 - October 09, 2013 7:38 am
    Both sides suck. What's happening in Washington is not for the people. Now it seems appropriate to also dig through old bills that have been tabled to try and get around something you don't like. I guess I would like to know why something that wasn't ok then is ok now. Political gimmicks at its best from both sides.
  3. bg1010
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    bg1010 - October 08, 2013 8:25 pm
    He's calling his own bill a gimmick? So he was for it before the tea party told him to be against it?
  4. gadflyohsofly
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    gadflyohsofly - October 08, 2013 8:21 pm
    MM is a lot of things and has done a lot in his life. But the one thing that always stands out to me is that he is a liar. He'll never back away from an opportunity to bend the truth to attempt to make a point.
  5. BR
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    BR - October 08, 2013 6:59 pm
    Misleading headline. Clear example of Daines' complete lack of probity in office and how he is owned en toto by the TEA party radicals.
  6. gadflyohsofly
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    gadflyohsofly - October 08, 2013 5:44 pm
    And who's going to beat Daines for Senate? Some no name yuppie wannabe rancher from California.
    My coworkers that have interaction with our public servants all attest that Daines is great. Very refreshing after Rehberg.
  7. MontanaJim72
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    MontanaJim72 - October 08, 2013 5:00 pm
    So, in March, Daines co-sponsored a bill to prevent any government shutdown. Now in October, he has finally shown his true tea party colors. How can you support a bill that seeks to avoid government shutdowns, then continually vote to keep a shutdown going. I hope Daines enjoys his short stay in Congress. Daines is just another tea party joke that will be voted out of office in the next election. I can't wait for election season to come around, when Daines will probably tour the state claiming he was against a government shutdown and even co-sponsored a bill to prevent it. He's hoping Montana voters have a short memory. He will find out we don't.
  8. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - October 08, 2013 2:03 pm
    Run for the Senate wingnut we can send you packing back to Bozeman. We expect Montana officials to be better than stupid and political matter what party they belong to.
  9. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - October 08, 2013 2:00 pm
    Daines got on the House floor a couple days ago complaining about what the government shutdown was doing to business around Glacier Park ( Kalispell is the leading Repuklican area in the state), while never mentioning Paqrk employees or the vote HE cast to shut down the government! Talk about political gimmicks and pandering to your base. This is not about party. The Dems have given plenty and will probably give soon as you and the other thugs in the House remove the gun from the American peoples head. To stand on the House floor and complain about the very thing you voted FOR and caused to happen is just total hypocrisy....I look forward to voting for anyone or anything running against you for any office...including dogcatcher ( I dont think you can run for dogcatcher but if you could I would not support this disingenuous hypocrite. Tea Party dummy's...look up disingenuous since you aren't smart enough to understand the debt ceiling I doubt if you know what that means either. Meanwhile the Daines Tea Party wing continues to whine if they do not get 100% of what they want..even though the opposition was elected to majorities in the Senate and the White House. Domestic terrorists who do not understand compromise and democracy and want to tear this country apart.
  10. iawoke
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    iawoke - October 08, 2013 1:25 pm
    Daines signed the letter along with 80 other Republicans to force the shut down. This is just another propaganda post trying to keep Daines in office. He is no Democrat. If you check his voting record he is Tea Party ran 100%, Not fooled here!
  11. libertarian
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    libertarian - October 08, 2013 12:42 pm
    “The short answer to that is, like many things, it’s a political gimmick,” said Alee Lockman, Daines' spokeswoman. So why would Daines co-sponsor a bill that was nothing but a political gimmick in the first place.
  12. L C TFalls
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    L C TFalls - October 08, 2013 12:42 pm
    So, It appears that Montana republicans elected a Democrat again. By the way... today's democratic party is not your Grandma's Democrats. Name and Platform compleatly different.
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