Monday, October 07, 2013

Rep Bill Enyart lone Congressman to vote against Military Chaplains holding Mass

The House voted to allow Catholic Chaplains to  "perform religious services and ministry" during the shutdown and Illinois has the only guy who voted against it.

The bill passed the House by a near-unanimous vote  on Saturday— 400 to 1. The only person to vote against it was Rep. Bill Enyart, an Illinois Democrat.
Go figure. 
Update: Enyart explains.
“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.

I was in Baghdad Spring of 2008.  The Mahdi Army launched ~ 600 rockets during a four week stretch with about half hitting inside the zone.  Kept us confined to our building except for Mission Critical reasons to venture out.  Getting to Mass over at the Chapel by the Embassy was Mission Critical to the Colonel I worked for so he'd walk on down for it.  I took a pass on Church.  Sunday AM was just a rich time for guys to launch and the Embassy was a prime target.

Anyways, Mass isn't quite like a trip to the PX for some.  Enyart's argument a bit thin here IMO.

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