Right now, President Obama is meeting with House Speaker John Boehner to discuss how to end the Republican Shutdown. Boehner can do it whenever he wants to. Until he does, parents with kids in Head Start, women and children who rely on WIC, kids with cancer, Grand Canyon river runners, NASA rocket scientists, disabled veterans, people who eat food inspected by the FDA, half the Defense Department’s civilian employees, and tens of millions of other Americans are going to hate him. Wonder what that feels like?
WASHINGTON — In the hours since the government shut down, House Republicans have slowly but steadily been coming forward to say they’re ready to pass a bill to fund the government with no strings attached.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the number of those Republicans hit 19 — surpassing the magic 17 votes needed to pass a clean funding bill if all 200 Democrats stick together and team up with them. Of course, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would have to be willing to put that bill on the floor in the first place. But if he did, the votes appear to be there for passage, at which point the bill would sail through the Senate and be signed by President Barack Obama, ending the shutdown.
The Dems have already caved on the austerity budgeting issue (aka The Sequester). They are not in the mood to grant any further concessions to the Tea-GOP.
UPDATE: Speaker Boehner just emerged from a 90 minute meeting at the White House. He’s not willing to end the Republican Shutdown yet.
UPDATE: Jon Walker on FDL:
Nothing is really happening because this entire crisis is just waiting for Speaker John Boehner to crack. This shutdown ends the second Boehner puts a clean continuing resolution on the floor. At that point it will be approved overwhelmingly in the House. Until that happens though nothing of meaning is taking place.