But others said it would be hard to withhold votes because of a single issue when funding the entire government is at stake.
“You’ve got to be realistic,” said Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who does not support the policy rider. “If it’s already law [in the last spending bill], I doubt that it’s something that you would want to shut down the government over.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.