By Ramsey Cox - 10/08/13 02:21 PM EDT
Reid said Boehner has the votes to pass the clean CR, which is why we won’t allow an up-or-down vote on the measure.
“Sensible Republicans have gotten increasingly fed up with the government shutdown; they’re looking for a way out,” Reid said. “If he’s really not worried about it getting passed, then [Boehner] should bring it up.”
It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides becoming entrenched in the first government shutdown since 1996. Another fiscal problem quickly approaching is the debt ceiling, which the Department of the Treasury has said needs to be raised by the end of the month or else the government will default on its obligations.
Republicans have threatened to use the debt ceiling as well to get their way on ObamaCare. Reid said that would be "catastrophic."
"We're reaching the point in a few days where we won't pay our bills," Reid said. "Stop threatening a catastrophic default on our bills."