Senate Democrats put out a video of Republicans admitting that the Senate bill would pass the House if Boehner would allow a vote on it.
The video clip features NBC’s Chuck Todd saying that the group of House Republicans who would vote in favor of the Senate passed bill that would fund the government without touching the ACA is growing. The clip featured Republicans Raul Labrador of Iowa and Tom Cole of Oklahoma admitting that their are enough Republican votes in the House to pass the Senate’s version of the CR.
If the votes are there, then why don’t they stop playing games and pass this already?
The answer is Speaker John Boehner. The Speaker won’t allow the Senate bill to come to the House floor for a vote. Boehner is being guided by the whims of tea party Republicans, who have vowed to raise holy heck if the House passes a clean CR that doesn’t get rid of Obamacare. This isn’t the first time that Rep. Boehner has allowed himself to be guided by the extremists. The sequester cuts could have been avoided earlier this year, but John Boehner refused to allow a vote on a popular Democratic sequester replacement bill.
Dozens of House Republicans would vote for the Senate bill today if it was brought to the floor. Democrats know this, which is why they aren’t going to budge. Eventually, Boehner will crack and allow a vote on the Senate bill. The House will pass it. The president will sign it, and the tea party will be defeated again.
Republicans are working around the clock trying to blame Harry Reid for the likely government shutdown. The real responsibility for this mess rests with a series of terrible decisions that have been made by John Boehner. The Speaker is the one who decided to cave in to the extremists in his own caucus. It was Boehner who decided to let the House send the Senate passed CR back to them with the delay Obamacare language reinserted. Most importantly, it is Rep. Boehner who is shutting down the government by refusing to allow his own Republicans to vote on a bill that they would support.
The bulk of the responsibility for the potential re-tanking of the economy rests with John Boehner.