Senate Democrats must meet Sunday to vote on legislation funding the government, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, calling their failure to do so “an act of breathtaking arrogance.”
“The House worked late into the night Saturday to prevent a government shutdown, and the Senate now must move quickly, today, to do the same,” Boehner said in a statement.
“If the Senate stalls until Monday afternoon instead of working today, it would be an act of breathtaking arrogance by the Senate Democratic leadership.”
Boehner went on to accuse Democrats of “deliberately bringing the nation to the brink of a government shutdown for the sake of raising taxes on seniors’ pacemakers and children’s hearing aids and plowing ahead with the train wreck that is the president’s health care law.” The Republican spending bill would also eliminate the health law's tax on medical devices.
The White House has made it clear President Obama would veto any spending bill delaying his signature healthcare reform law. Democrats are convinced the public will blame Republicans in case of a shutdown.
Republicans are ready to take the gamble.
“The American people will not stand for it,” Boehner said. “I call on the Democratic leaders of the Senate to act today on the measure passed by the House last night, and urge senators on both sides of the aisle to listen to the American people, who do not want a government shutdown and do not want the president’s health care law.”