WASHINGTON, D.C. — If the Senate passes this bill for federal worker backpay, it will be the second time that Harry Reid and the Democrats will have blinked to approve targeted, House-passed funding measures. The question is, why federal workers and the military, but not veterans, or workers at the National Institutes of Health or national parks and monuments???The Senate Democrats’ position is untenable and plainly political. They want this shutdown to win political points. We should move forward on those areas where we have agreement sooner than later.