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October 4, 2013 - 1:53 pm

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) continued today to press Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to appoint conferees to work out a budget deal, stressing “our goal here wasn’t to shut down the government.”

“I was at the White House the other night and listening to the president some 20 times explain to me why he wasn’t going to negotiate. Sat there and listened to the majority leader in the United States Senate describe to me that he’s not going to talk until we surrender. And then, this morning, I get the Wall Street Journal out, and it says, ‘Well, we don’t care how long this lasts, because we’re winning,’” Boehner told reporters after a GOP caucus meeting. “This isn’t some damn game.”

“The American people don’t want their government shut down, and neither do I. All we’re asking for is to sit down and have a discussion and to bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It’s as simple as that. But, it all has to begin with a simple discussion.”

Democrats have refused to go to conference on the continuing resolution until Republicans agree to short-term funding that reopens the government.

Boehner was pressed about how those negotiations might be tied to the Oct. 17 debt ceiling deadline.

“The issue right now is the continuing resolution to open the government. And all we’re asking for is for Harry Reid to appoint conferees so we can sit down and have a conversation about bringing fairness to the American people and getting our government open,” he said.

“Our goal here wasn’t to shut down the government. Our goal here was to bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. I don’t believe that we should default on our debt. It’s not good for our country. But after 55 years of spending more than what you bring in something ought to be addressed,” Boehner continued. “This year, we’ll have more revenue than any year in the history of our country and still have a nearly $700 billion deficit. And I think the American people expect if we’re going to raise the amount of money we can borrow we ought to do something about our spending and the lack of economic growth in our country.”

The speaker dismissed reports that he’s been “personality sniping” with Democrats behind the scenes.

“That’s just not true,” Boehner said. “I have very good relationships with all of my colleagues across the aisle… and maintaining these relationships is critically important. All I’m asking for is let’s sit down like the American people would expect us and talk to one another about getting the government open and dealing with the significant problems that we face.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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You do realize, of course, that next year it will be "Pass my budget or I'll close down all the hospitals".
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boehner better be careful. commander floppy ears has been listening in on everything. he knows where granny is buried, eh roberts? also, the i.r.s. immediately jumped on Dr. Carson for not carrying the 0-water. that was a coincidence of course, like just about every other freaky thing we are expected to believe about 'the smartest guy in the room'.

you can take the punk outta chicago, but you can't take the chicago way outta the punk.
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You do realize, of course, that next year it will be "Pass my budget or I'll close down all the hospitals".
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Perhaps the President needs to shut down the National Interstate and Defense Highways System.

That National Lampoon cover just never gets old: "Pass my budget or we'll shoot this dog".
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"Pass my budget or I'll eat this dog". Corrected it for you.
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