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Schumer To Boehner: Prove That A Clean Spending Bill Won't Pass

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"So, Speaker Boehner, just vote. Put it on the floor and let's see if you're right."

White House spokesman Jay Carney issued a similar challenge on Twitter:

The No. 3 Democratic senator also wrote off Boehner's threats of default as "posturing" and predicted the Speaker will relent.

"I think there's a bit of posturing going on here," Schumer said. "To have us default could, and there's a pretty high chance, send us into a recession deeper than the one in 2008. ... I believe Speaker Boehner will not do that when push comes to shove."

He accused Boehner of "playing with fire" and likened his stance to that of a hostage-taker.

"Speaker Boehner comes in and he says, basically, it's sort of like this," Schumer said. "Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage and then, says, let's negotiate over the price of your house."