In his brief remarks, BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE also sought to reject Democratic assertions that a one-week stopgap bill that would fund the military for the rest of the year and cut $12 billion from the budget would fail. Boehner several times stressed that the measure, H.R. 1363, is a "responsible troop funding bill."
"There's no policy reason for the Senate to oppose this responsible troop funding bill that keeps the government running," he said. "It reflects a bicameral, bipartisan agreement that was reached in December regarding the troop funding bill, and no Senator has objected to the policy in this bill."
Boehner added that "no one" wants a government shutdown, and called on the Senate to "follow the House in taking these responsible steps to support our troops and keep our government open."