The House has passed multiple continuing resolutions to attempt to end/avoid a 17% partial government shutdown.
House Republicans on Wednesday night succeeded in passing three measures to reopen various parts of the government, following a failure to approve them on Tuesday. [...]
But Senate Democrats have indicated those proposals will not pass the upper chamber. House and Senate Democrats have been united around the idea that the House GOP’s mini-CR strategy is no substitute for a “clean” CR to fund the whole government, which has been shuttered since Tuesday. [...]
“Why would we want to do that?” Reid replied, in an attempt to make the point that all government programs were important. He later clarified in an interview with radio host Bill Press that, “the whole answer is this: Why would we want to have the House of Representatives, John Boehner, cherry-pick what stays open and what should be closed.”
Isn't the House of Representatives supposed to decide what portions of the government should be funded? (It seems it was created with that purpose)
Is it unusual for the House to pass "mini-CR's"? (I.e. in recent history since 2000, what percentage of the time were omnibus bills passed as opposed to "mini-CRs" for select departments)
Note: The House has passed the following CRs for FY2014, and except where noted, the Senate and President have vowed they won't pass or be signed respectively.
FY2014 Continuing Resolution (through Dec. 15, 2013) - would fund the whole government for the rest of the year, but would require that the President, Vice President, Congress and staff participate in the Health Benefit Exchanges like every other American, without a subsidy to reduce thier costs. It also pushes back the individual mandate a year like the employer mandate.
District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 - Would fund the District of Columbia.
National Institutes of Health Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 - Would fund the NIH, Dept. health and Human Services, including TANF, Women Infant & Children(WIC), SNAP (food stamps), etc.
Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 - Would fund Department of Veterans Affairs, Departmental Administration, General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration
National Park Service Operations, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 - Would fund the National Parks, the Museums, and Memorials so they would stay open during the shutdown.
Pay Our Military Act - Passed and signed, funds and exempts the military during the shutdown.