House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released a statement Thursday again inviting President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to the bargaining table while urging they realize “neither side gets everything it wants” in negotiating an end to the government shutdown.
The statement responds to Obama’s speech Thursday morning on the negative effects of the shutdown, in which he blamed Boehner for not bringing a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government to a vote out of fear of the “extremists” in his party.
Boehner’s full statement below:
Republicans have sent bill after bill after bill to the Senate to keep the government open, and Democrats have rejected every one of them – refusing to even talk about our differences. We want to resolve this dispute as soon as possible, but that will require Washington Democrats to realize neither side gets everything it wants. With Obamacare proving to be a train wreck, the president’s insistence on steamrolling ahead with this flawed program is irresponsible. We must provide American families basic fairness and the same exemptions from the law that big businesses have already been granted. It’s time for the president and Senate Democrats to come to the negotiating table and drop their my-way-or-the-highway approach that gave us this shutdown.
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