Over the past two weeks, a growing number of House Democrats have broken with their party leadership to vote with House Republicans to approve funding for parts of the federal government that do not involve implementing Obamacare.
The number of Democrats voting for funding bills put up by the House leadership that were then blocked by the Democrat-controlled Senate has grown from 2–who voted for a measure to fund the entire government except Obamacare–to as many as 36 who voted to pay members of the National Guard when on inactive-duty training.
However, because the Senate Democratic leadership has refused to support these measures, they have not been passed and sent on to President Obama to see if he would actually veto them to maintain his leverage in trying to force the House to fund Obamacare.
This has created the basic dynamic of the current impasse over funding the government: The Democratic leadership is insisting it will not fund any part of the government unless the Republicans, and those Democrats who have sided with the Republicans, agree to fund Obamacare.
Every one of the spending measures the House of Representatives have taken up in the past two weeks has had at least some bipartisan support–and as the House Republicans have begun putting up bills to target individual parts of the government for full funding (while giving no money to Obamacare), the number of Democrats supporting the Republican measures has increased.
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