John Boehner, along with is GOP buddies, has a habit of saying things that just aren't true. But that doesn't stop him, or them. In fact, they continue to repeat and repeat and repeat the same lies until they manage to convince gullible voters that their talking points have merit.
This is one time that President Obama is calling Boehner out. The Speaker of the House has been showing up on the Tee Vee Macnine claiming that there are not enough votes in the House of
Obstruction Representatives to pass a clean bill to end the GOP shutdown.
Via The Hill, we see that the president's comeback is, Oh really? Put your money where your big mouth is, Boehner. "Hold a vote. Call a vote right now. Let's see what happens."
Now that would be novel:
Obama will issue the challenge during an unannounced visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday.
The move is in response to Boehner’s assertion Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that there aren’t enough votes in the House to pass a bill to fund the government that does not include additional concessions to Republicans.
The White House immediately questioned that assertion, noting media reports that more than 20 Republicans had voiced a willingness to vote for that type of bill. Most Democrats in the House would also be expected to support it.
As I write this, President Obama is speaking at FEMA saying that Congress should move to end this "manufactured crisis." He's calling on them to end the shutdown "immediately." He went on to say that we can't respond to natural disasters until this occurs, and that we should "focus on growth, jobs."
He's also saying he is "happy to talk to the Republicans about anything... negotiate... come up with common sense compromises," but he can't do that "under the threat" of a "prolonged shutdown or possible default."
And here it comes:
"The truth of the matter is, there are enough Republican and Democratic votes right now to end the shutdown immediately. They should hold vote today. If Boehner says there are not enough votes, then prove it. Just vote. My very strong suspicion is that there ARE enough votes... and that maybe Boehner doesn't want to end the shutdown. Hold a vote."
There you go.
He also reminds us that the funding bill in question reflects a Republican budget. "We're willing to compromise so much" that we're "willing to pass a bill that reflects Republican priorities. That's a pretty significant compromise."
Sadly, he's spot on about that, as you can see in my post, "Who's being played here?" Dems lost the austerity battle, and sequestration is here to stay.