"There's one clear way to find out … let us vote on the floor of the House," Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) said in reply Monday.
"That's a majority," Levin said. "There are enough votes to end the shutdown. And Mr. Speaker, if you don't believe it, let us vote."
Levin was followed by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who also called for a vote on the Senate bill. Jackson Lee said her constituents are telling her not to give in to Republican demands to undermine ObamaCare, despite the ongoing shutdown.
"I was overwhelmed by those who came up to me and indicated … that negotiation and interaction is important, but don't break on the issue of the Affordable Care Act and getting this government open," she said.