Sen. Schumer’s Short Memory

The Democratic-Controlled Senate Kept Working During The 2013 Government Shutdown


THE WASHINGTON POST: ‘Democrats Pledge To Paralyze Senate As Shutdown Negotiation Tactic’ (The Washington Post, 1/07/2018)

THE HILL: ‘Democrats Plan To Jam Up Senate Over Shutdown Fight’ (The Hill, 1/07/2019)


But The Senate Passed Legislation Unrelated To Government Funding During The 2013 Shutdown

The federal government was shut down from October 1, 2013, until October 17, 2013. (“How We Got Here: A Shutdown Timeline,” NPR, 10/17/2013)

Between October 1, 2013, and October 17, 2013, the Senate passed at least 5 bills:

(Congress.gov, Accessed 1/07/2019)

During this time, the Senate also passed at least 11 Senate resolutions, and at least 2 concurrent resolutions. (Congress.gov, Accessed 1/07/2019)

The Senate also requested conference committees and appointed conferees on the 2014 farm bill (H.R. 2642) and the Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 8) during the shutdown. (H.R. 2642, 113th Congress; S. Con. Res. 8, 113th Congress)


And The Senate Confirmed 28 Executive Branch And Judicial Nominations During The 2013 Shutdown

The Senate held confirmation votes on two district judges on October 7th and October 14th, 2013. (PN384, Roll Call Vote #213: Confirmed 96-0: D 51-0; R 43-0; I 2-0, 10/07/2013; PN409, Roll Call Vote #217: Confirmed 90-0: D 51-0; R 37-0; I 2-0, 10/14/2013)

In addition, the Senate confirmed another 26 nominees between October 7, 2013 and October 16, 2013 by voice votes. (Congress.gov, Accessed 1/07/2019)

Those nominations included:

  • Caroline Kennedy to be Ambassador to Japan
  • A judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • General Counsels to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security
  • Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • 2 Assistant Secretaries of State
  • A US Attorney
  • Inspector General for the Department of Labor
  • CFO for the Department of Transportation
  • An Assistant Secretary of Energy
  • Several members of boards and commissions such as NTSB and OPIC

(Congress.gov, Accessed 1/07/2019)



Related Issues: Senate Democrats, Appropriations, Nominations