Meanwhile, a letter writer tries to pin the blame for the government shutdown on Rep. Andy Harris ("Harris voted against Maryland's economy"). The writer obviously does not know the facts. The House included in the budget they passed and sent to the U.S. Senate all the funds needed to keep the government open with the exception of funding for Obamacare. Withholding of funds is a constitutional prerogative of the House where budget bills originate. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not allow a vote on that bill (so we will never know whether our two Maryland senators would have voted to prevent the shutdown or not). By not allowing a vote in the Senate along with a threat of a presidential veto, Mr. Reid subrogated government workers, the military, veterans, national security and the economy for the sole purpose of protecting a sacred cow (another attempt to alter risk-reward dynamics — this time for the insurance industry).