As the Republican Government Shutdown enters its first full week in effect, House Republicans are beginning to point fingers… at each other. GOP Rep. Peter King (R-NY) laid the blame squarely at the feet of his own party:
“I’ve been against this government shutdown from the start. My disagreement with [Republican Congressman] Tom [Graves] is we are the ones who did shut the government down. Charles Krauthammer called us the ‘suicide caucus,’ I mean, Wall Street Journal said we’re kamikazes. You don’t take the dramatic step of shutting down the government unless you have a real strategy and it has a chance to work and this never had a chance to work. [Fox News Sunday, 10/6]
Speaker Boehner tried to deflect the blame absurdly telling George Stephanopoulos on ABC News This Week: “There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR.”
On Saturday, 200 Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Boehner making it clear that there are enough Democrats to pass a bill to reopen government now. Enough House Republicans have come out in support of this bill that it could pass the House immediately with a bipartisan majority.
From the Washington Post:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released the letter, which bears the signatures of 195 of the chamber’s 200 Democrats.
“We demand a vote on a clean continuing resolution immediately so that government functioning can resume and Americans can move on with their lives,” the members said.
Combine those 195 Democrats with the 22 House Republicans who have signaled support for a clean resolution, and you get 217 members, which is a bare majority of the chamber’s 432 members…
The letter from Pelosi’s office is the clearest sign that the bill has majority support. [10/6]
Boehner’s comments contradict whip counts done by news organizations and by Democrats, which have found at least 21 Republicans willing to join with the vast majority of Democrats to pass a clean continuing spending resolution.
Democrats’ response? We dare you to just hold the vote. [10/6]
It’s time for House Republicans to end their shutdown and get back to work.