Breaking: Reports Confirm There Are Enough Votes to Reopen Government – Boehner Still Blocking Vote

john-boehner-sad-tantrumAccording to a survey of House Republicans done by CNN, there are enough votes in the House of Representatives to reopen the government and end the shutdown.

CNN’s survey has found that all 200 Democrats and 18 Republicans would vote in favor of the clean resolution the Senate sent over prior to the shutdown (that the president would almost immediately sign) which would reopen the government.

For those wondering, it would only take 217 House votes to approve the Senate’s resolution and end the government shutdown.

These findings confirm something President Obama, Democrats and most liberals have been saying since the government was closed last week due to the Republican party taking our country hostage to meet the demands of the tea party.  While many Republicans have painted Democrats and President Obama as the ones keeping the government closed, the fact of the matter is, Speaker of the House John Boehner has been blocking an up or down vote on the Senate’s resolution which would pass if he would allow it to be voted on.

He’s simply not allowing the House to vote on the resolution.

President Obama took a direct shot at this obstruction:

“The truth of the matter is, there are enough Republican and Democratic votes in the House of Representatives right now to end this shutdown immediately with no partisan strings attached.”

And this is what’s so maddening when I talk to Republicans about this shutdown.  They whine and complain about the “big bad Democrats” and President Obama being unconstitutional, or anti-American, but it’s their party leaders who have decided to hold our government hostage.

Just think about this — right now, we have a bill sitting in Congress that will pass the House of Representatives, has already been passed by our Senate and the president would sign and reopen the government.  Except for the fact that one man, John Boehner, won’t allow it to come up for a vote.

Our government could be reopened nearly instantaneously if it weren’t for one man who has kept a bill from being voted on.

Then they want to say it’s President Obama and Democrats that are keeping the government closed?  Are they insane?  It seems like it.

But just imagine this for a moment.  Let’s imagine that Congress passed a bill three and a half years ago and a Republican president signed it into law.  Then right before its full implementation, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives decides to tie it to a budget bill in an attempt to block it.  In doing so, they refuse to allow a vote on a bill that a Republican-controlled Senate passed, a Republican president said they would sign and that we know would pass the House if Nancy Pelosi would allow it to come up for a vote.  But she refuses to do so.

Republicans would be losing their damn minds.  Fox News would be foaming at the mouth with rabid anger at the “unconstitutional Democrats” shutting down government by blocking a straight up or down vote on a bill which has enough votes to pass.

I mean holy crap, they would literally be losing their minds.

But it’s not Democrats doing that, it’s their party—the Republican party.

Then you have the pathetic John Boehner claiming that there aren’t enough votes to pass the Senate’s clean bill.

Here’s an idea Johnny, let the House vote on it and we can all see for ourselves! 

This is so ridiculously stupid I can’t even wrap my head around it.  You have every indication that there are enough votes to reopen the government, yet the one man who can allow a vote is simply saying, “There aren’t enough votes.”  But he won’t let the House vote to find out.

This is absolutely insane.

President Obama basically dared Boehner to back up his claim that the resolution wouldn’t pass the House by saying, “If Republicans and Speaker Boehner are saying there are not enough votes then they should prove it.  Let the bill go to the floor, and let’s see what happens.  Just vote.”


If it comes up for a vote in the House and fails, then we’ll go from there.  But it’s completely asinine to not allow a vote on the Senate’s resolution in the House by simply saying, “It doesn’t have enough votes.”

But the fact is, it does have enough votes and if Boehner let it come up for a vote it would pass — and his party would look like a bunch of bumbling idiots.  When it passes, what would they say?

The fact is, they wouldn’t have any answers.  They would have shutdown the government by blocking a bill which ended up passing (while claiming that it wouldn’t) and then Boehner and his entire party would be exposed for the complete obstructionists that they have been for the last four years.

It’s like I said the other day — Republicans have shut down the government, and now they really don’t know what the hell to do.

There’s no ending to this story where Republicans “win.”  And they can’t win because of one simple fact—the bill would pass if Boehner would let it come up for a vote.  He’s simply blocking the vote.

This is a fact that needs to be said over and over and over until every Americans knows it.

But the really sad, and nearly treasonous, part of this whole government shutdown is that Boehner knows the Senate’s resolution would pass the House—he just doesn’t care.

Republicans have shut down the government despite the majority of the House, the majority of the Senate and the president all supporting a bill.

There’s just one man, and one political party, that’s preventing our government from being reopened—Speaker of the House John Boehner and the Republican party.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

    They can waste months and months, and millions of dollars by voting to repeal Obamacare over FORTY TIMES; but they can’t take this ONE vote? Does this not seem insane to anyone else?

  • lbdinosaur

    This should be voted upon so every citizen will know exactly which members of Congress are trying to do an end run around the constitution, subvert the democratic process, and wreak havoc upon not only our economy, but the world economy.

  • duh

    Hostage….love your commitment to individuality

  • Mike McLaughlin

    Just another example of the minority dictating to the Majority !!!!

    • Leinani

      Why is it that only Blacks, gays, Hispanics, environmental activists, and other such minorities are allowed to dictate to the majority? “It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate tireless minority keen to set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”– Samuel Adams

      • elizapar

        The people in the LGBT community just want the same rights that you straights abuse on a daily basis. What part of this you do not understand.

      • Daayiee Abdullah

        Leinani, how narrow you are…you forgot women in your list, or is it only for white women to have some rights and no one else?

  • quinn stilletto

    When they throw his corrupt ass out of government he should be aware that Walmart is hiring at minimum wage. That’s all he’s worth.

    • Robin Bailey

      He’s not worth that much.

      • DCON

        Have to agree with that one!!

      • Lynda Funderburke

        I don’t think Walmart would hire him either. They like to hire HONEST people and he falls flat on that one.

      • Mike

        Walmart in itself isn’t an honest company, they put you to work at lower than expected wages and can’t even offer a competent health care package to where employees are actually using food stamps to cover food expenses since the pay sucks.

  • Tammie Jann

    How is it possible one man can block a vote and stop our whole government. This must be unconstitutional! Find the law and impeach him.

    • Rory

      And he’s under investigation for taking money for special interest.

    • Leinani

      The same way a single Supreme Court Justice can define “individual mandate” as a tax and then go into hiding so he doesn’t have to defend his decision. I’m betting it was blackmail.


    • DCON


    • Funstuff

      Impeach obama

  • Leinani

    Democrats are the experts at end runs around the democratic process. Why would Republicans want to give in to a president who insults and demonizes them at every opportunity? There’s a reason Obama mentions Boehner by name and it is spelled out in Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, Obama’s political bible: * RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.) Still, I hope each and every ObamaCare supporters enjoys paying for their and several hundred other people’s health care.

    • Tanner Westman

      Yeah, who wants a president who calls out groups of people who aren’t doing their job? Screw that guy.

    • Mal D

      “Still, I hope each and every ObamaCare supporters enjoys paying for their and several hundred other people’s health care.”

      …you honestly don’t think that’s what is happening now? Who exactly do you think foots the outrageously high bill for all those people unable to get insurance and unable to pay their medical bills?

      Oh wait, you’re probably a twenty-something healthy male who is fortunate enough not to have any major medical issues, so you’ve probably never had to think beyond the rhetoric. Bully for you, and best of luck with that.

      • Jake

        You do understand that the affordable healthcare act only gets people access to better pricing for healthcare, right? They still have to pay for it, it’s not free to them. Besides, everything you just described is right out of Karl Rove’s playbook. You know, that thing the republicans have been using since he wrote it.

      • Beth

        HAHA Better pricing? Have you gotten a look at it? It’s not better for me at all and so not only can I not afford the new “affordable care” now I get to pay the government a penalty for not being able to afford wow sounds great, so I still don’t have insurance and a penalty on top of that because I can’t afford. Sounds freaking fantastic. Why didn’t I sign up sooner for this bullcrap.

      • Nancy

        It’s hilarious to me when people with an internet connection claim they don’t have enough money for health insurance. So, basically, being a troll online is more important to you than getting health insurance. Take some responsibility for yourself! When you get sick or injured, when you’re in a car accident, or find out you have cancer, you expect the rest of us to pay for that for you? Because that’s exactly what happens now.

      • Robert Talada

        Health insurance costs more than the 60 dollars I pay for internet. Obamacare pricing for us here is in excess of 480 dollars a month. Even for my income that is expensive as hell when I also have to pay over a grand a month in student loans for my wife. Not everybody is in the same situation as you.

        Also, Beth, if private insurance is cheaper, then buy private insurance. You only get hit with a penalty if you have NO insurance, not if you refuse to buy insurance provided through Obamacare.

        That said, Obamacare is still stupid and is going to drive our nation further into debt. “Obamacare is self-funding” my ass… Wait till the administrative costs catch up with them and the high availability of insurance drives costs up and the government has to further subsidize. Point of the matter is, why pay for insurance through obamacare if it is just going to result in all of our taxes being raised in the end? We’ll end up paying more than we do now in net and the Gov’t will still rack up tons of debt trying to control the insurance economy when that is just not possible.

      • Beth

        Agreed Robert.

      • Beth

        Not a troll Nancy, I work more than 40 hours a week and cannot afford 250 dollars extra a month for health insurance. I have personal responsibility, last time I went to the doctors I paid out of pocket, last month when I went to the dentist I paid out of pocket. I have a mortgage I pay by myself every month, and unfortunately 250 dollars a month for the bronze level which has a 10k deductible, isn’t feasible for my budget. It’s just the facts Nancy. So I will pay the penalty, and then if I get hurt or injured, I will pay the medical bills the best way I can, and if that means I lose my house I guess that’s what happens. I actually never remotely suggested you should pay for me, I’m not on public assistance and never have been I work for a living, the “Affordable care” act hurts me because I fall in the middle, I don’t make enough money to afford the high cost it will cost me, and I don’t make as little money to be put on the dole like the rest of the people.

      • LSU18

        As a matter of fact, I have taken a look at the pricing. For me to get the same exact policy that I get through my job, I save 212.00 a month. It’s called research!!!!! Try it. You may find that your right wings doing wrong are lying to you!!!!

      • Beth

        Nice try with the Assumptions LSU. I’m not affiliated with the Republican party.

      • Robert Talada

        I have health insurance through my employer and it is cheaper and provides better coverage than any of the options through the ACA. I just got a letter about a month ago saying that my insurance does not qualify me to not get hit by the penalty.

        Why do I have to drop my quality insurance through my employer to get the stupid shit in the marketplace that costs three times as much money for sub-par coverage? Why am I being penalized for HAVING quality, affordable insurance.

        Just because the ACA benefits you doesn’t mean it benefits everyone and you’re safer assuming it won’t because in the end, the ACA is going to inflate the insurance market driving all of your costs up. I’ll be paying the penalty to keep my insurance because its better,

    • Scott3843

      I hardly think the President is “demonizing” the GOP at every opportunity. They seem to be doing that themselves without anyone’s help — and they’ll pay for it in the next election. Mercifully.

    • RC9

      Really? Obama is the bad guy for “demonizing” the ones who “demonize” him at every single turn and step, preventing any sort of progress in this country? They won’t allow a single thing Obama wants to happen, and how that they’re holding our country hostage when everyone (even people in the dimwitted Republican party that started this mess, im assuming you’re a part of it) that’s Obama’s fault? Get some eduction on the truth of the matters or keep watching FOX news in another country, you oblivious idiot.

    • Jeffrey Zamora

      News flash moron, I know it may be too hard for you to comprehend but you already pay for yours and several thousands of people’s healthcare already. That’s how premiums and insurance pools work. But that is far too advanced thinking for teabagger mindset.

    • Mermaid63

      We are already payin for several peoples healthcare with high rates and high costs at the hospitals. I’ve seen Republicans doing the same tactic you are describing over and over again to block nominees, destroy people’s lives (Valerie Plame) and worse. If the votes are there, they should vote. It they aren’t, prove it. This is a democracy. Majority rules. Since the republicans know how to vote for something that they know won’t pass, (repealing ACA,) then vote on the budget that won’t pass. Man up!


    Are we going to find out in 5 or 6 years that Boehner accepted a large bribe from a giant insurance company, or that a relative was being held captive?

  • motorfingaz

    A drunken maniac!

  • Anthony F.

    What I want to know is can the president do anything? I mean, can he order the House to put the bill up for vote (whether it passes or not), just so they can open the government up?

    • Robert Talada

      No. Well, ammendment 14.

  • Rita Jane Clark-Smith

    Looking at this face and realizing that he controls the current shutdown of our government is enough to make me cry!

  • Ned Ryerson

    Impeach Obama. This is just slander against the republicans to push his agenda.

    • gemma liar

      trust me,if theb crybaby regressives in the repub party COULD impeach the pres,,,,,it would already beb in order. No chance— except on FOX ” news” with overweight sloths such as Hannity/ huchabee and flatchested ( and hating life about THAT) skanks such as michelle malkin and anne coulter

    • Jeffrey Zamora

      Congrats, you qualify for the Special Olympics.

  • DCON

    Can’t this man be Impeached!?!?!?!

  • Chad C Bennett

    What happened to all the responsible Adults in our government! The republicans sent a bill that would keep the government running if the affordable health care law was pushed back just one year! Obama said NO. Nancy Pelosi said” we have to pass it to see whats in it” (we read everything before we sign it). Obama said “we don’t balance the budget just for the sake of balancing the budget. (Oh yes we do, economics 101) and the deficit means nothing. (WHAT?). there are 3 well known hidden trails into America on our southern border (on video) yet we cant seem to find them to stop this. We have drug dealers with prime time shows, showing how they make and distribute them(ARREST them). I am an AMERICAN. I’m tired of hearing “its not good for America, but its good for my party. I hope the government stays down long enough for everyone to realize we never needed a big huge government. I’d like to start the American party, where we only do whats right for America!!

  • Look at that pic of Boehner above…he looks like someone hid his liquor supply or lost the key to the bar.

    • Marvin Miller

      wow alcohol psychosis that explains everything thats exactly how they act. grew up with it with my dad. 3 beers then total psychosis

  • crackers8199

    someone needs to ask these retarded republicans that keep running their mouths about how “individual americans need to be given the same exemption that business has, and delay the individual mandate for a year” the following question…

    “do you think that insurance companies should be able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions?”

    of course, their answer will be “no,” because they know that part of the affordable care act is wildly popular. the next question immediately after they say “no” should be…

    “if you’re going to delay the individual mandate, but force insurance companies to cover everyone who wants insurance on january 1, how are you going to prevent the insurance companies from either raising rates through the roof or going bankrupt?”

    i suspect they won’t have an answer for that one. i cannot for the life of me figure out why nobody is holding their feet to the fire on this…

  • Scuba Snow

    John Boehner should just resign…I will struggle to stomach his crying after this.

  • California independent

    IMPEACH OBAMA….the Congress sets the budget NOT THE PRESIDENT OR SENATE. They have a say but they also have to give to get. When the government follows the laws they set for up I will be one of the first to shout with joy. Citizens should get the 1 year delay as big business gets. Also shutting down national monuments for American citizens but opening it for illegal immigrant demonstration is jaw dropping for me. Obama also had a highway shutdown stranding children at school because the bus couldn’t use the mountain switch back roads….he is intentionally making this harder than needed just to show he can.

    • Marvin Miller

      would really be nice if you got your news somewhere other than FOX or the right wing standard verse which if you would check the facts you might see your being fed lies. read the budget or the other one presented. unless your a billionaire and don’t pay taxes and take billions from our taxes in free subsidies then you are the chicken voting for colonel sanders Course the Koch boys might be paying you to put propaganda on sites. I would be curious what they pay you I might sign up if the pay is right………Not.

  • Marvin Miller

    I have been watching him for a while and I hate to say it but I think its time to bring in a qualified psychologist because his actions and reason goes beyond corporate greed and he might really be sick. irrational level of His actions point that way and hes carrying others into his illusions with him. he should be evaluated before he does something worse than flying a plane into a mountain top. sickness I could understand as making some kind of sense of his actions. They could do it in secret but someone should have it done.