MILITARY TIMES – Enyart: Why I voted against exempting religious programs from shutdown

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Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Ill., a retired major general who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, is taking heat for being the only person to vote against the religion resolution, but he defended his vote.

“Of course I want chapels open, but what about our military families who have no place to send their children and are forced to buy family essentials off base?,” Enyart said in a statement. “Day care centers on military bases are closed. Commissaries on military bases are closed. Military support workers are furloughed.”

“The bill I voted against is a prime example of the hypocrisy we see every day in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “This bill did nothing for the troops. All it does is provide political cover for people who won’t do their jobs, and that’s the Congress.”

The resolution, H. Con. Res. 58, has been sent to the Senate, which has not scheduled a vote.

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