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Rangel: GOP's cherrypicking is cheap tactic

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Published on Oct 7, 2013

Congressman Charles B. Rangel replies to Mike Singer's question on the Congressman's Facebook page (at www.facebook.com/cbrangel) -- regarding House GOP's piecemeal tactic in addressing the government shutdown.

Specifically, Mike asks why Congressman Rangel and 163 other House Democrats voted against H.J. Res. 72—Honoring Our Promise to America's Veterans Act, which would have provided $6.2 billion less than the MilCon bill the House passed earlier this year; and Fails to fund medical and prosthetic research critical to wounded warriors, and Information Technology Systems depended on for the delivery of veterans' health care services and other benefits and transitioning from paper to digital health records to reduce the backlog of veterans disability claims.

GOP piecemeal bills, which only fund selected pieces of the government, are political gimmicks, not a responsible approach to governing.

Democrats support our veterans, medical research, our National Guard and Reserve, DC, and our national parks. But these bills leave shut down many of the crucial services relied on by the American people-- ranging from small business loans to education for our children to equipping and training our troops to building housing for military families to getting decisions on veterans disability claims.

Republicans have shut down the government and are damaging our economy and the middle class, and they can't cherry-pick their way out of it.

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