President Obama dared Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday to prove there aren’t enough votes in the House to pass a “clean” bill to reopen the government.
“The House should hold that vote today,” Obama said during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday. “If Republicans and Speaker Boehner are saying there are not enough votes, they should prove it.”
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 government funding bill without additional concessions to Republicans, and is meant to raise public pressure on the Speaker to end the shutdown.
The White House immediately questioned Boehner’s comments, noting media reports that more than 20 Republicans had voiced a willingness to vote for that type of bill. Most Democrats in the House also say they would vote for a clean government-funding bill.