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Shutdown Standoff: Day 3

  • ABC's MARY BRUCE and ANN COMPTON: President Obama today blasted House Republicans with renewed intensity and said the only thing standing in the way of reopening the government is Speaker John Boehner.

    “I want everybody to understand this: There are [enough] Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives today, that if the speaker of the House, John Boehner, simply let the bill get on the floor for an up-or-down vote, every congressman could vote their conscience, the shutdown would end today,” the president told workers at M. Luis Construction in Rockville, Md.

    “The only thing that is keeping the government shut down, the only thing preventing people from going back to work and basic research starting back up and farmers and small business owners getting their loans, the only thing that's preventing all that from happening, right now, today, in the next five minutes is that Speaker John Boehner won't even let the bill get a yes-or-no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party,” he said. “That's all. That's what this whole thing is about.”

    “My simple message today is: Call a vote. Call a vote!” he urged.

    ABC’s ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES: In an interview with ABC’s Dan Kloeffler, Rep. Peter King, R-NY., said “I honestly don’t know’ what the GOP wants from the shutdown.

    King’s acknowledgement came after Kloeffler played a clip of President Obama quoting Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., while stumping at a Maryland construction company today: “We are not going to be disrespected, we have to get something out of this, and I don’t know what that even is.”

    King reiterated his support for passing a clean continuing resolution and said he “would vote for it in a heartbeat.” Citing the challenges facing House Speaker John Boehner, King said he believes the House needs to take “tough action.”

    “I just don’t think the Cruz Republicans are going to allow him to do what he wants to do until too much time has gone by,” King said of Boehner. “I think we have to force the action here and by doing that I think we strengthen John Boehner’s hand against the Cruz Republicans.”

    Though King said all Republicans “believe it’s absolutely wrong what’s happening” with the government shutdown, he believes some are fighting their battle against Obamacare at the wrong time. “That’s how we fight our battles in this country, we do it politically at the ballot box.”
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