Government Shutdown Update: STILL NO PROGRESS

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Yesterday Obama attempted to make a temporary deal with Republicans: reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling in exchange for long-term talks.

House Speaker John Boehner rejected the offer, calling the request an “unconditional surrender.”

“The president said today if there’s unconditional surrender by Republicans, he’ll sit down and talk to us,” Boehner said on Tuesday. “That’s not the way our government works.”

All we’re asking for is to sit down and have a conversation,” Boehner continued. “There’s no reason to make it more difficult to bring people to the table. There’s no boundaries here. There’s nothing on the table, there’s nothing off the table. I’m trying to do everything I can to bring people together and have a conversation.”

But Obama and Democrats are holding firm, saying they would only be willing to have that conversation after Republicans reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. So it’s back to square one.

Meanwhile, the Democrats have been experimenting with some new tactics to try and get the Republicans to cave. Two House Democrats are calling for the House gym and spa to be closed during the shutdown. Reps. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) are insisting that Congress shouldn’t enjoy perks while others are not getting paid and have asked John Boehner to deem the tax-payer funded House gym non-essential for the duration of the shutdown. So far, the Republicans have yet to comment, but judging from the looks of them, they wouldn’t be too concerned if the gym closed.

Out of Shape

Except for Paul Ryan. He will be devastated. 

Paul Ryan Working OUt

If the gym threat fails (and it will), Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has another idea: pointing out Congress’ rapidly declining approval ratings. In a speech on the House floor, Grayson pointed to recent polls and read out a list of items that the American people found more likable than Congress.

“What do you have a higher opinion of, Congress or witches? Congress, 32 percent; witches, 46 percent,” he said. “What do you have a higher opinion of, Congress or hemorrhoids? Congress, 31 percent; hemorrhoids, 53 percent. What do you have a higher opinion of, Congress or dog poop? Congress 40 percent; dog poop 47 percent.”

Unfortunately the Speaker cut Grayson’s dog poop speech short and it was quickly added to the list of things Congressional Republicans have shut down.

Via: The Huffington Post

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