Boehner: There Will Not Be a Government Shutdown

by Jim Geraghty

House Speaker John Boehner said on Face the Nation this week there will be no government shutdown.

“[In] four days, the government runs out of money. Is there going to be a shutdown?” asked host John Dickerson.

“No,” Boehner replied. “The Senate is expected to pass a continuing resolution next week, the House will take up the Senate bill.”  Boehner said he’s certain the continuing resolution will require Democratic votes to pass, “but I expect my Democratic colleagues want to keep the government open, much as I do.”

Boehner said the House will establish a special committee to investigate the videos of abortion clinics “that really raise questions about the use of federal funds and raise questions about aborted fetuses and born-alive.”

Asked about the upcoming vote on a motion to vacate the chair – to effectively kick Boehner out as speaker – he said he was certain he would remain as Speaker, but he didn’t see the point in delaying an announcement he planned to make in November, and he knew the vote could set up primary challenges for members who voted to keep Boehner as Speaker.

“Listen, winning that vote was never an issue,” Boehner said. “I was going to get the overwhelming number of members—I’d have gotten 400 votes, probably. But why do I want to make my members – Republican members – walk the plank? Because they’re going to get criticized at home by some who think we ought to be more aggressive…”

Boehner did express frustration with his critics, contending their perspective of what can be accomplished while President Obama controls the presidency is simply not achievable. 

“Our founders didn’t want some parliamentary system where if you won the majority, you got to do whatever you wanted,” Boehner said. “They wanted this long, slow process. And so change comes slowly. Obviously too slowly for some.”

“Are they unrealistic about what can be done in government?” asked Dickerson.

“ABSOLUTELY they’re unrealistic!” Boehner exclaimed. “But the Bible says beware of false prophets. There are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done. This whole idea that we were going to shut down the government tog et rid of Obamacare in 2013, this plan never had a chance.” 

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