Despite the Missoulian’s odd effort to headline this story in a way that suggests Representative Daines is some kind of a bipartisan leader, you simply must read their take on Steve Daines refusing to support a bill designed to stop government shutdowns, a bill he co-sponsored and introduced, simply because it is being supported by Democrats.
Back in March, Daines was one of eleven members of the House to introduce a bill entitled H.R. 1164: Government Shutdown Prevention Act. The purpose of the bill was to ensure that the government keep functioning in the event of an impasse like the one now created by House Republicans.
Today, though, Daines is more beholden to the rigidly ideological wing of the Republican Party, and won’t support Democratic efforts to pass the bill. According to the Missoulian:
Daines wants no part of the Democrats’ petition.
“The short answer to that is, like many things, it’s a political gimmick,” said Alee Lockman, Daines’ spokeswoman.
The Government Shutdown Prevention Act was an attempt to avoid government shutdowns, which Daines supports, Lockman said. But being forced to the House floor by the minority party, the bill doesn’t stand a chance. The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., also opposes the Democrats’ petition.
In English, Daines is opposing the move by the Democrats because he is more interested in protecting John Boehner’s flank than the communities that depend on national park tourism, the veterans who depend on claims being processed, and Montanans who believe that the federal government should serve its citizens.
Back in October 2012, the Missoulian chose to endorse Representative Daines, arguing that he would be a statesman who would work to represent all Montanans. They wrote:
He is prepared to do this for every community in Montana, all the while working to build coalitions across every divide. In a recent meeting with the Missoulian’s editorial board, Daines explained his thinking that members of Congress should fight hard for what they believe is right, but always while demonstrating statesmanship.
I hope someone reminds them during the next Daines campaign, that statesmen don’t put party politics ahead of the state they are meant to represent and that coalition builders don’t oppose their own legislation because the opposition party endorses it.