Boehner: No End to Government Shutdown Without Concessions
If it’s true that the votes are not there to pass a clean funding bill and reopen the government, then you should hold such a vote, Mr. Speaker. If such a resolution failed to pass it would only strengthen your position. However failing to allow such a vote and insisting the votes aren’t there, when most believe the opposite, only makes you look like a lying hypocrite. Right now the country only thinks of you as a blackmailing extortionist. If you don’t hold the vote we will upgrade you to lying hypocritical blackmailing extortionist.
House Speaker John Boehner insisted on Sunday that there aren’t enough votes in the chamber to pass a “clean” bill to reopen the government or raise the debt ceiling unless Democrats make some concessions to Republicans.
“There are not votes in the House to pass a clean [funding measure].” Boehner said on ABC’s This Week. “We are not going to pass a clean debt limit … The votes are not in the House … We are not going down that path.”
His comments, as the government shutdown enters its second week, were meant to push back on comments by President Barack Obama that a combination of Democrats and moderate Republicans could pass a measure to fund and reopen the government if only Boehner would allow a vote to come to the floor. Republicans have been holding out in an attempt to use the shutdown to defund or delay Obama’s…
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