Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) on Thursday blasted President Obama for refusing to negotiate with Republicans on the issue of raising the debt ceiling.
"The American people sent us to Washington to work together for our great nation, and it is unacceptable for one side to refuse to negotiate," Ros-Lehtinen said on the House floor.
Ros-Lehtinen was reacting to Obama's recent comment that he would not negotiate with House Republicans on the debt ceiling. That prompted House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run News Flash: Trump was never going to lock Clinton up MORE (R-Ohio) to reply, "Well I'm sorry, but it just doesn't work that way."
Her question might also apply to the so-far unsuccessful efforts in Congress to reach a spending deal. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidTrump flirts with Dems for Cabinet Lawmakers eye early exit from Washington McCain to support waiver for Mattis, Trump team says MORE (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that he had no plans to talk to BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run News Flash: Trump was never going to lock Clinton up MORE about spending this week, and there were no signs of an effort to reach out by the White House.
Ros-Lehtinen spoke moments after Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerLawmakers eye early exit from Washington Trump: 'Almost all' Cabinet picks coming next week Overnight Defense: Trump reportedly picking Mattis for Defense chief MORE (R-Tenn.) criticized Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzLewandowski: Top Cruz aide advised Trump team before NH primary Five reasons why Donald Trump could be the 'Greatest Communicator' Victims of Nazi Art theft need Congress to HEAR MORE (R-Texas) for delaying a vote on a 2014 spending bill until Friday. Corker and many others believe the Senate should act today to give the House more time to consider the bill.
But House Republicans have already said they wouldn't take up the Senate version, which is expected to strip House language that defunds ObamaCare.
As the House and Senate looked increasingly unsure about how to handle the spending bill or the debt ceiling, Ros-Lehtinen called on all sides to work together to find some way to keep the government open after Sept. 30.
"It's time for all parties to work together in a genuine, bipartisan and adult manner to avoid a government shutdown," she said. "A shutdown is not some abstract exercise. It has real consequences for our communities and our families."
The House and Senate are already expected to be working through the weekend. Even if the Senate does vote in the coming days on a clean spending bill, it may not matter because House Republicans are already considering a one-week spending bill to give Congress more time.