WASHINGTON - During a vote in the U.S. House this week, only one Congress member - Illinois' 12th CD Bill Enyart, a retired military officer - opposed making religious services available to the Armed Forces and their families during the government shutdown.
Enyart, a Democrat, served in the U.S. Air Force before joining the Illinois National Guard in 1982 as a JAG officer, where he rose to the rank of Major General, but voted against the resolution. "It is phony," he told WSIL-TV. "It is designed to do nothing but make these people feel good and to give them a political point that they're doing something. They didn't do anything."
“It is absolutely unconscionable that Bill Enyart would be the only member in the U.S. House to vote against a bill that supports our country’s Armed Forces and chaplains. He should be ashamed of himself, and he owes his constituency, members of the military and their families a serious explanation for this appalling vote,” said NRCC Spokeswoman Danielle Varallo.