A day after House Republican leaders yesterday were unable to get a stopgap spending measure (continuing resolution) passed in the House, Speaker John Boehner said there was no threat of a government shutdown.
"Listen there is no threat of a government shutdown Let's just get this out there," he said. "This continuing resolution was designed to be a bipartisan bill, and we had every reason to believe that our counterparts across the aisle would support it. Once they began to see where some of our votes were, they decided to play politics and vote against disaster relief for millions of Americans who have been affected by this."
Boehner added, "We are going to meet with our members later today. We are going to present some options and decide on a way forward."
"But I have always believed in allowing the House to work its will. I understood what the risk was yesterday, but why not put the bill on the floor and let the members speak ... and they did."
The measure yesterday failed by a 195-230 vote, with 189 House Republicans voting yes and 48 voting no, and six Democrats voting yes and 182 voting no.
The chief disagreement: The amount of money the continuing resolution would provide for disaster relief after Hurricane Irene, as well as the GOP desire to offset that relief with spending cuts.
"My hope is that they will come out and resolves this," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. "Assistance at a time of a natural disaster should not be a controversial issue. It hasn't been recently."
"These people are no less affected as Democrats as Republicans, Americans have been hit hard and it shouldn't be hard for them to be made whole."