Reid’s comments came minutes after BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE said he was “disappointed” that the Senate wouldn’t “sit down and have a discussion.”
The government shut down at midnight Tuesday because lawmakers couldn’t agree on a funding bill. Reid said Boehner “holds the key” to reopening the government.
“The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives holds the key to reopening the federal government,” Reid said. “The key is to allow 435 members of the House of Representatives to vote and to do it now."
Reid and other Democrats said if the House would first pass a “clean” funding bill, then they would be willing to enter negotiations on a long-term measure.
It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in for the first government shutdown since 1996.