Speaker of the House John Boehner claimed, “There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR [continuing resolution]” and reopen the government. To that, President Obama called on Boehner to “prove it:”
If Republicans and Speaker Boehner are saying there are not enough votes, then they should prove it. Let the bill go to the floor and lets see what happens. Just vote. Let every member of Congress vote their conscience and they can determine whether or not they want to shut the government down.
My suspicion is, my very strong suspicion is, there are enough votes there, and the reason Speaker Boehner hasn’t called a vote on it is because he doesn’t apparently want to see the government shutdown end at the moment unless he’s able to extract concessions that don’t have anything to do with budget.
The House has already voted 46 times in a quixotic attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Why not try one up-or-down vote to fund the government? And another vote to raise the debt limit consistent with the spending Congress has already authorized?
Even if Boehner is right and there aren’t enough votes, what do we have to lose? If indeed a majority of the House is determined to keep government shutdown and undermine the credit worthiness of our nation, then let them vote “no” and face the voters next year for the consequences of such a decision.
Meanwhile, the shutdown is hurting Pennsylvanians: 71,000 Federal workers in Pennsylvania are going without pay, and 227,254 Pennsylvanian small businesses can no longer access certain government loans.
Satire entitled Applying government shutdown logic to the baseball playoffs by Atlanta Braves fan Paul Kaplan’s follows the jump.