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Reid: Boehner is ‘afraid’ to hold the vote

Reid referred to a comment Boehner made Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that there are "not the votes in the House" to approve a clean spending bill.

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“I believe he was mistaken,” Reid said. “One surefire way to find out if the bill would pass is to vote on it.”

Lawmakers are still at an impasse on how to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government, which has been shut down for a week now. House Republicans have tried to use the funding measure to defund and repeal parts of ObamaCare, but Senate Democrats have said the House needs to pass a “clean” CR without any riders.

Republicans' latest attempt to defund ObamaCare is to pass funding measures for national parks, the National Guard, veterans' programs and the National Institutes of Health, among others. Obama has threatened to veto the “piecemeal” bills and Reid has refused to consider them so far in the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) encouraged Reid to take up the House measures if he was unwilling to allow any changes to ObamaCare.

“If we can’t agree on a bill to fund the entire government, let’s at least fund the most urgent pieces,” McConnell said. “The problem isn’t the House. … The problem is the Senate.”

It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides becoming entrenched in the first government shutdown since 1996.