Adam Jentleson, Reid's communications director, said that Boehner had approached Reid first about a spending bill that maintained sequestration without touching Obamacare. That's the bill that the Senate passed prior to the shutdown.
Boehner also said, according to Jentleson, that he could get the bill through the House. The series of Saturday morning tweets is below.
State of play: House Rs are sitting on a clean CR which was @SpeakerBoehner's idea in the 1st place and would re-open the entire govt today.— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) October 5, 2013
In a meeting on September 12, @SpeakerBoehner reiterated to Reid that despite growing resistance, he could still pass a clean CR at $988B.— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) October 5, 2013
For months, @SpeakerBoehner assured Sen. Reid he could pass a clean CR at $988B. But now he has shut down the gov't instead of passing it.— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) October 5, 2013