Fun Fact for Republicans: The Government Could Reopen Right Now, John Boehner Just Won’t Let It

boehner-cryingSince the emergence of the tea party, facts have seemingly become “objective opinions.”  At least that’s the way it seems to be based upon how tea party Republicans treat facts and reality.  Hell, even proven science has come under attack in recent years due in large part to the delusional nature of these right-wing tea partiers.

But when it comes to this government shutdown, there are a couple of simple facts many Republicans seem unaware of.  You see, while many conservatives seem to think “Obamacare” is still some piece of legislation that needs to be passed through Congress, it’s not.

It’s the law, and has been for over 3 1/2 years.

President Obama and Democrats aren’t going to negotiate on this issue because they simply don’t have to.

You see, there’s something the right-wing media doesn’t want most Americans to know.  We could reopen the government right now.  Hell, we never had to shut down the government in the first place.

The Senate sent a continuing resolution to the House to be voted on before the shutdown occurred.  The problem is, Speaker of the House John Boehner won’t allow the Senate’s resolution to come to a vote in the House.

Now let me make this very clear for anybody who might be confused about what I just said.  We have a deal that, if voted on in the House, would pass and reopen the government.  It’s a deal the Senate has approved and the president said he’ll sign.

The only problem is—John Boehner.  Well, he’s not the only problem, but he’s the man who ultimately has the power to bring the Senate’s resolution to a vote.  He’s simply refusing to do so.

Boehner has put his own position as Speaker of the House ahead of the best interests of the American people.  He’s so worried that there are enough Republicans who oppose him that if he let the Senate’s resolution come up for a vote, and pass, he might very well lose his position as Speaker of the House.

So this shutdown isn’t about a continuing resolution to fund the government not being passable in the House.  We have a continuing resolution that is passable, regardless of Speaker Boehner’s Sunday morning assertion that there aren’t enough Republican votes for it.  Unless all of the Republicans who have publicly stated they’d support it have suddenly changed their minds, it would pass.

The government could be opened tomorrow and the 800,000 furloughed workers could get their paychecks, but Boehner simply won’t let that happen.  He’s the man who controls the power to let the House vote on the Senate’s resolution which would reopen the government and put this whole ridiculous shutdown behind us.

Instead he’d much rather sit there, block the vote, then try to blame Democrats and President Obama for the shutdown.

Then again, that’s the Republican way, isn’t it?  Causing a problem and blaming it on someone else.

So Speaker Boehner can continue obstructing and keep telling Americans, “All Obama has to do is pick up the phone.”  Let’s tell Boehner all he has to do is let the House vote on a clean Senate resolution.  Let the House votes determine if the government reopens, not his procedural loophole that allows him to prevent the House of Representatives from voting on the bill.

Something he’s preventing from happening—not President Obama.

Image via “Why is Boehner Crying Today?” Tumblr.

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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