BoehnerJohn BoehnerDems brace for immigration battle 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race Trump may pose problem for Ryan in Speaker vote MORE appeared on the floor shortly after noon in a rare and brief appearance during special-order speeches, which are reserved for the end of each day's legislative work. Boehner also took on Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidObama seeks down-ballot gains after being midterm loser Reid: 'I have set the Senate' for nuclear option Obama in Nevada: 'Heck no' to Trump, Joe Heck MORE (D-Nev.) for failing to develop a plan the Senate can adopt.
"The Senate majority leader says that they won't offer a plan to cut spending or a plan to raise the debt limit," he said. "Frankly, that's irresponsible."
Boehner said Americans are struggling to pay their own bills, and are frustrated with Washington Democrats who cannot find some way to control federal spending.
"The Democrats who run Washington have done nothing," he said. "They can't stop spending the American people's money. They won't and they have refused."
Boehner spoke as bipartisan efforts to reach a debt-ceiling deal seemed to falter Friday. Boehner said earlier in the day that the House has passed its "cut, cap and balance" plan, and that the Senate needs to show it can pass something in order to allow for House-Senate negotiations.