Boehner says no clean CR; Schumer says it would pass

October 6, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday there are not enough votes to in the House to pass a clean stopgap spending bill to fund the government, prompting Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to challenge him to bring such a vote to the House floor.

"There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR," Boehner said on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos."

Schumer responded by calling for Boehner to test his belief.

"Let me issue him a friendly challenge," Schumer said on the same program. "Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it."

According to The Fix's whip count, at least 20 House Republicans would vote for a clean CR, which is shorthand for a stopgap spending bill with no strings attached to changing Obamacare or other conservative demands. Meanwhile, 195 Democrats have signed a letter calling on Boehner to bring a clean CR to the floor. If those numbers held during a vote, all Democrats and 20 Republicans voted for a clean CR, it would pass.

But for Boehner, the cost would be an outright revolt from House conservatives.

"This Week" host George Stephanopoulos pressed Boehner on the numbers in the House. But the speaker declined to directly respond.

"The American people expect in Washington, when we have a crisis like this, that the leaders will sit down and have a conversation," Boehner said. "I told my members the other day, there may be a back room somewhere, but there's nobody in it."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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