By Mario Trujillo - 10/04/13 06:24 PM EDT
“I’m not saying we would lose 20,” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman said on CNN. “It is unclear. We’ll know when the Speaker allows us to vote, but the onus is on him to allow us to vote.”
Democrats have been trying to tamp down the assertion that there are not enough votes in the House to pass a clean funding bill.
In the fourth day of a government shutdown, the party’s main talking point has been to urge BoehnerJohn BoehnerConservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE to hold a vote on a clean CR.
On Thursday, House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorDavid Brat may run for Senate if Kaine becomes VP The Hill's 12:30 Report Lobbying world MORE (Va.) suggested the Democratic Caucus is not united in support of a continuing resolution that reflects the cuts from sequestration.
Some progressive Democrats have said they would vote against the $986 spending level in the current resolution, saying they have compromised on that number and prefer one nearly $70 billion higher. But on Friday the leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said they'll swallow the sequester spending level in order to end the four-day-old shutdown.
The Washington Post has recorded 20 Republicans who have said they would vote for a clean CR.
Israel said more Republicans would sign on if a vote were held.
“I think that more than 20 Republicans would join us,” he said. “I think at that point it’s a done deal.”
When asked if Democrats had whipped the vote, Israel said there is strong consensus on the Democratic side.
Boehner is unlikely to bring such a bill to the floor. Republicans have dismissed Democrats’ demands for a clean funding vote.