Rep. Enyart Defends Vote on Furloughed Chaplains

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A southwestern Illinois congressman who is seeking re-election says he had no choice but to be the only U.S. House member to vote against a resolution allowing military chaplains to still perform their duties during the federal government’s shutdown.

Belleville Democrat Bill Enyart was the lone “no” vote of 401 that were cast in the House on the weekend resolution relating to military chaplains who’ve been furloughed since the shutdown began.

As the former head of the Illinois National Guard, Enyart tells WSIL-TV the resolution was silly and that it does nothing to resolve Washington’s bigger issues.

Enyart calls Saturday’s action “phony” and says it “didn’t do anything.”

Republican Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost is challenging Enyart for the seat. He says he’s shocked and upset by Enyart’s vote.

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