Republicans are expected to try passing several bills to make up for funding gaps caused by the shutdown. Aside from Veterans Affairs, the GOP will also pursue bills to fund national parks and the local Washington, D.C., government.
"House Republicans rightly acted four times to avoid a government shutdown and protect Americans from the harmful effects of ObamaCare," Salmon said Tuesday. "While Senator Harry ReidHarry Reid10 most expensive House races McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Politicians can’t afford to ignore Latinos MORE continues to refuse to come to the table, this bill makes sure our veterans are taken care of while Congress works to hammer out a final bill."
An aide to Salmon said there are more than 40 co-sponsors of his bill, which was just introduced shortly after noon today.
The bill is similar to legislation offered by Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: On the fringe FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno Presidential hopefuls still bank on retail politics MORE (R-Texas) in the Senate. Cruz has pushed for Republicans to seek smaller funding bills in response to the shutdown.
Tuesday afternoon, White House spokesman Jay Carney said passing several smaller bills would not be a "serious" way to address the shutdown.