Boehner: ‘There’s No Threat of a Government Shutdown’

September 22, 2011 - 4:07 PM
John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) said at his Thursday press briefing that there is no threat that the federal government will need to shutdown next Friday at midnight when the federal fiscal year comes to an end.

“Listen,” Boehner said. “There is no threat of a government shutdown. Let’s just get this out there.”

The speaker was responding to a reporter asking him about how he would modify the next continuing resolution to get it passed by the House--after which it would need to be approved by Senate and signed by President Barack Obama.

The continuing resolution that the House Republican leadership brought up for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday was defeated 195-230 after 48 conservatives joined with 182 Democrats in voting against it.

Democrats said they opposed the CR offered yesterday because it cut funding from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loans program that provides government-subsidized financing to automakers in order to offset disaster relief funding that was being provided to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Conservatives opposed the CR because it did not cut spending enough--funding the government at only $7 billion less on annualized basis than in fiscal 2011—and because it permitted funding for implementation of Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, the United Nations Population Fund, and other programs many House conservatives believe should be defunded.

Boehner defended the defeated CR as one that was crafted to be a bi-partisan measure designed to win Democratic support.

“This continuing resolution was designed to be a bi-partisan bill and we had every reason to believe that our counterparts across the aisle were supportive,” said Boehner. “And once they began to see where some of our votes where, they decided to play politics and vote against disaster relief for millions of Americans who’ve been affected by this.”

Boehner said that Republicans would be meeting later today to discuss the next step.

“We are going to meet with our members later on today and present some options and decide on a way forward,” said Boehner. “But I've always believed in allowing the House to work its will. I understood what the risk was yesterday. But why not put the bill on the floor and let members speak—and they did.”

The federal fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. In order to fund federal programs and agencies after Sept. 30, when  fiscal 2012 begins, Congress and the president must enact new legislation to approve the funding.