House Democrats amplify criticism of Boehner for shutdown
October 8th, 2013
02:46 PM ET
6 months ago

House Democrats amplify criticism of Boehner for shutdown

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders Tuesday sought to show party solidarity by continuing to blame congressional Republicans, specifically House Speaker John Boehner, for the partial government shutdown.

Following a caucus leadership meeting, Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly compared Boehner's influence over the House to a 19th century monarch.

"He's in charge and he has enabled if not encouraged this reckless behavior and it's time for him to lead and to be the speaker, the title of which he possesses," said Connolly. "In the 19th century, in Russia, when workers were persecuted they gave the benefit of the doubt to the czar and the expression often used was 'if only the czar knew' but of course it was the czar who was behind the programs. Now we've got to stop giving the benefit of the doubt to John Boehner."

Rep. Jim Crowley, the vice chair of the Democratic House Caucus,  also pointed fingers at Boehner.

"We've been talking for quite some time now that Mr. Boehner has either enabled the tea party faction of his caucus to run the caucus or maybe it's part of his plan, maybe this is not the tea party shutdown as it is Speaker Boehner's shutdown. Either way, the responsibility falls at his feet," Crowley explained.

Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the caucus, expressed his frustration with Boehner's decision not to bring up a 'clean' CR, or a continuing resolution without any Republican attachments.

"For whatever reason Republican Speaker John Boehner and our Republican colleagues have refused to allow all 433 of us a chance to vote on the floor of the House of Representatives to reopen our government,' and apparently Rep. Becerra is keeping count of who would vote and which way, adding, "it's not now one, not two not three but some six to eight independent news organizations which have verified that there are enough votes today in the House of Representatives to reopen our government but yet Republican Speaker John Boehner refuses to allow members of Congress to exercise their obligation and to vote to open this government."

Boehner, with the Republican House conference standing behind him, said Tuesday that it was the Democrats and the president who are hindering progress in ending the government shutdown

"Americans expect us to work out our differences but refusing to negotiate is an untenable position and frankly by refusing to negotiate Harry Reid and the president are putting our country on a pretty dangerous path. Listen, there's never been a president in our history that did not negotiate over the debt limit. Never. Not once," stated the House Speaker.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 200 Democrats and 18 Republicans in the House would vote for a clean continuing resolution to reopen the federal government, according to an on-going CNN survey of House members.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Well, when you let teaparty bafoons call the shots when they only represent 1/ 1000 of the voting public on the GOP garbage of America party, you have to ask yourself why you would ever vote for a GOP incompetent obstructionist AGAIN!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Mark in Seattle

    Have another cigarette Boehner.

    October 8, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Americans expect us to work out our differences but refusing to negotiate is an untenable position and frankly by refusing to bring the issue to vote crybaby and the teabag toddlers are putting our country on a pretty dangerous path. Listen, there's never been a president in our history that had the opposition shut down the government over the debt limit. Never. Not once

    I think we put our country on a "dangerous path" when we elected these childish fools in Washington into office. I think we've been on the same "dangerous path" since the Harry Truman years. It's the path that Dwight Eisenhower SPECIFICALLY warned America about as he saw it evolving. But we didn't listen. Federal politicians began to care more about what would get them re-elected rather than what was needed. Along side this, America's most profitable companies essentially figured out ways to stop paying taxes and pocket the profit.

    Don't act surprised. It's the world we live in and things will repeat in this fashion unless the people do something to stop it. American politics is/has been broken. This is just another example of what a broken government looks/acts like.

    October 8, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. spike

    wow! up here in canada we're all scratching our heads as to why the republicans won't pass their bill they negotiated with the democrats weeks ago

    October 8, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. John Boener Is a Cr(y)uz Baby

    What are we negotiating? Even the Republican-Teabaggers can't tell you...so let the SHUTDOWN continue!

    More republicans are suffering under the shutdown than democrats....so close the memorial parks, dont fund any reseach, dont pay any bills....dont pay CONGRESS A DIME!

    Pass a bill today to strip congress of ALL ITS PAY while the govt is SHUTDOWN...then let us ALL go on a default with the debt limit....heck, I'm loving this SHUTDOWN!!!

    OBAMA never you negotiate with t e r r o r i s t Teabagges!!

    October 8, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    spike

    wow! up here in canada we're all scratching our heads as to why the republicans won't pass their bill they negotiated with the democrats weeks ago
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    Because half of the voters are too stupid to remember that that is what actually happened.

    October 8, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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