Boehner, Reid: The Guys Who Won't Budge
Boehner could end the shutdown tomorrow; Reid leaks emails in cutthroat move
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
Updated Oct 3, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
Harry Reid and John Boehner sit next to each other during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in this June file photo.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The government shutdown is dragging on thanks in no small part to two men: John Boehner and Harry Reid. Boehner, the Washington Post points out, could almost certainly pass a clean CR and end the shutdown if he wanted to—but he'd have to rely on a coalition of mostly Democrats and a handful of GOP moderates (19 are on record as supporting it). Doing that would weaken his hand in debt ceiling negotiations, blow up his uneasy alliance with the Tea Party, and probably cost him his speaker gig.

Reid, meanwhile, is in take-no-prisoners mode; in a cutthroat move yesterday, he leaked email conversations he'd had with Boehner about preserving health care subsidies for Congress, the New York Times reports. That had the predictable effect of angering conservatives, and led Glenn Beck to brand Boehner a "lying thief," according to Politico. Reid has long believed Democrats will get their best deal by holding out in a shutdown. His staff quashed White House talks last week, the Wall Street Journal reports, and he didn't exactly support yesterday's session. "It's not my meeting," he told reporters. Afterward, he said, "We're through playing these little games. … We're locked in tight on ObamaCare." Of course, these two aren't the only ones feeling the heat: Ted Cruz is under fire as well.

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AESOP9_11
Oct 3, 2013 9:36 PM CDT
So, what should have happened is the second the government was shut down every last one of them should have had there pay and benefits stopped, period. No if ands or buts, and no retroactive recovery. That includes pay, their totally free for life medical care, pension, all of it. done. there is not one of them worth a good goddamn.
melrose11671
Oct 3, 2013 5:13 PM CDT
The Democrats want nothing more to blame the Republicans. Obamacare is NOT the law of the land and should not be funded with our money!! When the United States Supreme Court ruled on Obamacare in 2012, Chief Justice Roberts stance on Obamacare coincides with the intent of the U.S. Constitution, explained by Pease, and the powers between the House and Senate. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING, OBAMACARE CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED AND IS NOT CONSIDERED THE LAW OF THE LAND, CONTRARY TO DEMOCRAT CLAIMS. Bubba Atkinson of the Independent Journal Review wrote, “Chief Justice Roberts actually ruled the mandate, relative to the commerce clause, was UNCONSTITUTIONAL. That is how the Democrats got Obama-care going in the first place. This is critical. His ruling means Congress CAN'T compel American citizens to purchase anything, ever. The notion is now officially and forever, UNCONSTITUTIONAL. As it should be.” “Next, he stated that, because Congress doesn’t have the ability to mandate, it must, to fund Obama-care, rely on its power to tax. Therefore, the mechanism that funds Obama-care is a TAX,” said Atkinson. “He struck down as UNCONSTITUTIONAL, the Obama-care idea that the federal government can BULLY states into complying by yanking their existing medicaid funding. Liberals, through Obama-care, basically said to the states — “comply with Obama-care or we will stop existing funding.” Roberts ruled that is a no-no.”
Plato
Oct 3, 2013 12:49 PM CDT
Harry Reid is right to stand fast. Republicans orchestrated this fiasco. It is an attempt by Republicans to destroy Obamacare by blackmail and extortion. If the Republicans succeed then that will set the precedent for them to do it again and again in the future. If that happens, and it could, we are no longer a Democratic Republic form of government we will have a govern by threat form of government. Like it or not Obamacare was passed into law, if Republicans don't want it then they should be working to have it repealed by the process called for by our constitution.