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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