The White House and Democrats have so far moved in lockstep by refusing to negotiate with Republicans on any bill to fund the government or raise the debt limit that also includes language defunding Obamacare. House Republicans have offered to enter conference committee negotiations, but Democrats say any negotiation must come after the government is funded.
"Shutting down the government and threatening to not pay our nation’s bills when you don’t get everything you want isn’t ‘compromise’- it’s extortion," said Michael Czin, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, in a statement.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters Thursday that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) expressed his support privately last month for a "clean" continuing resolution to fund the government, a measure without any language affecting Obamacare, but that Boehner couldn't stand up to the conservative wing of his party.
"That was my concession to get this done cleanly," Reid said of the "clean" CR, which includes automatic budget cuts known as sequestration that was signed into law earlier this year.
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