The Republican plan was to shut down the government and make life so painful Obama he would be forced to accept changes to his signature health care law. Of course the shutdown ended up being more painful for the GOP. So now Republicans want to make the shutdown less painful by passing small bills to address the issues which have gotten the most press coverage. At the same time they still think this shutdown will make Obama give up on Obamacare.

President Obama is in no mood to help Republicans out of this situation. Today he issued a broad veto threat against any piecemeal funding bills.

The Administration strongly opposes House passage of piecemeal fiscal year 2014 appropriations legislation that restores only very limited activities. Consideration of appropriations bills in this fashion is not a serious or responsible way to run the United States Government. Instead of opening up a few Government functions, the House of Representatives should re-open all of the Government. The harmful impacts of a shutdown extend across Government, affecting services that are critical to small businesses, women, children, seniors, and others across the Nation. The Senate acted in a responsible manner on a short-term funding measure to maintain Government functions and avoid a damaging Government shutdown. The House of Representatives should allow a straight up or down vote on the Senate-passed H.J. Res. 59.

If the Republicans want parts of the government to run again they need to let the entire government run again by passing a clean continuing resolution.

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