FACT CHECK: Boehner Falsely Claims He Can’t Pass a Clean Budget Bill

On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Speaker John Boehner falsely claimed he couldn’t pass a bill to reopen the government because: “There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR.”

In reality, 195 Democrats have signed a letter that they would vote for a clean budget resolution –  a major compromise for Democrats. In addition, at least 20 Republicans have said publicly that they want to vote for clean budget resolution to end the Republican government shutdown. Several Republican Members of Congress have even admitted it would pass.


195 House Democrats Would Vote for Clean CR.  “On day five of the government shutdown and Congress’s second consecutive Saturday session, House Democrats made more overtures to Republicans in an effort to keep the pressure on them and show the outside world that they are willing to negotiate […] Earlier this week, Democrats began to circulate for signatures a letter calling on Boehner to bring a ‘clean,’ short-term continuing resolution to the floor. They announced Saturday that they had garnered 200 Democratic signatures (195 excluding five non-voting delegates).” [Roll Call10/05/13]

At Least 20 House Republicans Would Vote for Clean CR. “However, at least 20 House Republicans have said publicly that they would vote for a clean CR and end the now four day old government shutdown if one came to the floor […] Boehner and other members of the House GOP leadership- under pressure from their tea party inspired conservative wing, have refused to put a clean CR on the floor and have shut down the government by demanding to delay or defund Obamacare.” [Politico10/04/13]

Republican Congressman Tom Cole: Boehner Could Pass Clean CR “If He Wanted To.”“Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), deputy majority whip of the House, told reporters that the decision to pass a clean funding bill belonged entirely to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). ‘He didn’t mention it, but I’m sure he could if he wanted to,’ Cole said as he emerged from Saturday’s meeting.” [Huffington Post9/30/13]

Conservative Columnist Says House Republicans Could Pass Clean CR. “There are 233 Republicans in the House. Insiders estimate that three-quarters of them, or about 175 GOP lawmakers, are willing, and perhaps even eager, to vote for a continuing resolution that funds the government without pressing the Republican goal of defunding or delaying Obamacare.” [Washington Examiner9/30/13]