DNC Chair: 'John Boehner Is Afraid'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | October 6, 2013 | 6:51 PM EDT

"John Boehner is afraid," DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz declared in the subject line of an e-mail to supporters today.

The e-mail from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair says House Speaker Boehner won't end the government shutdown by giving the president a funding bill that funds Obamacare because Boehner is scared of "extreme voices" in his caucus:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) (AP Photo)

"John Boehner can end the shutdown any time he wants. He could have a bill on President Obama's desk in the course of an afternoon.

"But right now he won't step up. And it's because he's afraid of challenging the most extreme voices in his caucus (and I don't need to tell you how extreme some of them can be).

"We need to make sure that those aren't the only voices the Speaker is hearing.

"Tell Speaker Boehner to get the government up and running today.

"If Speaker Boehner brought a clean bill to fund the federal government to the floor -- without any of the nonsense about defunding Obamacare -- it would pass in a bipartisan vote. Period.

"And every day that goes by, more Republicans, even some in Congress, are starting to say exactly the same thing.

"It's time for John Boehner to do his job and listen to the American people.

Tell him to end the government shutdown:"