Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama on Thursday dared House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to call a floor vote on a spending bill to end the federal government shutdown, which is on its third day.
“We’ve heard a lot from congressional Republicans saying they don’t’ want this shutdown. There’s a simple way to prove that… Call for a vote. Put it on the floor and let every individual member of Congress make up their own minds,” Obama told workers at the M. Luis Construction Company in Rockville, Maryland.
Obama said only Boehner stands in the way of ending the government shutdown because the senator refuses to let the bill get on the floor for an up-or-down vote by every congressman to not anger extremists in his party.
A Senate-passed bill funding the government through Nov. 15 and with no language curtailing the Affordable Care Act has yet to reach the House floor. Reports said some Republicans favor the bill to end the government shutdown.
Obama also reacted to remarks Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) made on Wednesday.
“We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is,” Stutzman was quoted as saying by Washington Examiner.
Obama said, “”What you get are little kids back into Head Start. What you get are our national parks and monuments open again. What you get is the economy not stalling, but continuing to grow. What you get are workers continuing to be hired. That’s what you get; that’s what you should be asking for. Take a vote, stop this farce, and end this shutdown right now.”
The President also warned of an economic shutdown if the debt limit is not raised and force the government to defaults on its loans.
“In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time. In an economic shutdown, if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, they don’t go out on time,” he said. “In a government shutdown, disability benefits still arrive on time. In an economic shutdown, they don’t. In a government shutdown, millions of Americans — not just federal workers — everybody faces real economic hardship.”