Democrat Illinois U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart of Belleville is defending his decision to vote against allowing religious services in the military during the government shutdown. He was the only person in Congress to vote against the idea on Saturday. He tells WSIL-TV in Carbondale it’s a “feel-good” proposal that won’t do anything to solve the nation’s problems.
Enyart says he’s more concerned about getting furloughed workers back on the job and the bill that passed the House addressed nothing that would change that. He said the bill was simply a ploy to allow members to show they were trying to do something, but the bill changed nothing to actually help members of the military and other civilians who are not working because of the shutdown.