Boehner spokesman: Sen. 'Aesop' Schumer is telling 'fairy tales'

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner claimed Tuesday that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told "fairy tales" in his floor speech Tuesday morning regarding budget negotiations.

The email to reporters was titled "Sen. Chuck ‘Aesop’ Schumer and His Fables."

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“Sen. Schumer is not part of the CR [continuing resolution] negotiations, and he is making up fairy tales trying to derail serious discussions on funding the government and cutting spending, because he believes his party would benefit from a government shutdown," said Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel. 

"At this point, the House has passed a bill to fund the government through the end of the year while cutting spending," added Steel. "The Senate has not — and Sen. Schumer’s inaccurate rants won’t change that."  

In his speech Tuesday, Schumer said Democrats had made an offer last week to meet Republicans halfway on a spending number for fiscal year 2011. He said Republican leadership, which was inclined to accept the offer, had rejected it because the House whips warned that members of the Tea Party would rebel.

"If they are planning to reject such an offer it is clear they will not take yes for an answer and are seeking shutdown," Schumer said. “The Republican leaders in the House with the Tea Party breathing down their back won’t take yes for an answer.”

Schumer reminded Republicans that any budget would need 60 votes in the Senate and that many of his Democratic members are unwilling to support the scope of cuts demanded by the Tea Party.

Republicans, however, contend there was never a number agreed upon between GOP leadership and the White House, and that the success of any compromise will depend on funding limitations such as the defunding of Planned Parenthood, National Public Radio and the healthcare reform law.