Here’s Why Both Sides Are Using Military Families to Fuel the Funding Debate

What’s going on?

The government is still shut down, and Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to agree on a funding fix to reopen it.

The longer the shutdown goes on, the greater the chance that it will negatively impact military service members and their families. Members of the U.S. military are continuing their work unpaid along with essential civilian government employees until Congress can agree on a funding deal.

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Soon after the Senate vote that failed to fund the government on Friday, Sen. Claire McCaskill asked for an amendment that would allow military pay to continue uninterrupted while the government is shut down. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to the measure, blocking it from the Senate floor.

What’s the next step?

The Senate is expected to vote at noon today on a bill that would reopen the government and keep it funded for the next three weeks.

Glenn’s take:

We’re being forced “to watch grown men and women act like children, argue for things they know they probably don’t have any chance of actually getting,” Glenn said of the government shutdown.

“Both sides are using military families as pawns to argue for the highly improbable,” he said of Republicans and Democrats.