Speaker Boehner continues to be willing to negotiate over funding the government and even announced his conferees to move the legislation as fast as possible:
“The House has made its position clear: keep the government running and ensure basic fairness for all Americans under ObamaCare,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “Unfortunately, Senate Democrats chose to shut down the government rather than discuss or even recognize ObamaCare’s failures. The best path forward right now is for both chambers to convene a formal conference committee where we can resolve our differences, and move forward on important legislation that gets control of spending and strengthens our economy. That’s the system the founders set up for us, and it’s what the American people expect us to do.”
Part of the reason Harry Reid and the Democrat Members of Congress do not want to discuss Obamacare is it does not apply them or their allies/donors, as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stated:
It’s interesting – my colleague who just spoke – the Democratic Whip – talked about democracy, insisting that we bring democracy to the House. Well I would respond to my friend and tell him that democracy is founded upon the principle that there is equal treatment under the law. So tonight’s debate is not about trying to stifle democracy. Tonight’s debate is trying to insist that the minority party – and its policies— are trying to stop the administration from carving out special treatment for special interests. It’s about telling this Administration and this President that there should be no special treatment for members of Congress - there should be no special treatment for big business. We all live under the same laws.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell sums up the problems with the Democrats refusal to negotiate or keep the Government open:
But Senate Democrats have once again blocked a House-passed bill to keep the government open while protecting Americans from the consequences of Obamacare. The fact that the President is unilaterally granting waivers to some Americans but not others shows that even he doesn’t think Obamacare is ready for primetime. There is bipartisan support for providing the same treatment to individuals and families that the White House has already given employers. But tonight, Senate Democrats arrogantly brushed these very real concerns aside and reaffirmed their view that some Americans should be treated differently than others. Americans are also puzzled by the opposition to a provision that would ensure Congress lives by the same rules on the Obamacare exchanges as families across the country. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats have made it perfectly clear that they’d rather shut down the federal government than accept even the most reasonable changes to Obamacare. It’s past time that Democrat leaders listen to the American people and act.