Reid: Boehner not being honest
In a statement Monday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) spokesman said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a “credibility problem.”
“From refusing to let the House vote on a bill that was his idea in the first place, to decrying health-care subsidies for members of Congress and staff that he worked for months to preserve, to stating that the House doesn’t have the votes to pass a clean CR at current spending levels, there is now a consistent pattern of Speaker Boehner saying things that fly in the face of the facts or stand at odds with his past actions,” Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said.
The first part of the quote alludes to Reid’s argument that Boehner once advocated a so-called “clean” debt limit increase. Boehner said Sunday that the House will not pass a clean debt limit increase.
In response to the statement from Reid’s office, Boehner’s office said a clean debt limit increase wouldn’t pass either chamber.
“A ‘clean’ debt limit increase can’t pass the Senate, let alone the House,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. “It’s time for some Washington Democrat to step up, act like an adult, and start talking about how we reopen the government, provide fairness for the American people under ObamaCare, and deal with the drivers of our debt and deficits.”