Schumer to GOP: ‘We’re Together – You’re Not’

By Melanie Arter | September 19, 2013 | 4:37 PM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( – Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said Democrats are unified in their efforts to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government including Obamacare while Republicans are split on whether to support a bill that defunds Obamacare but funds everything else.

“As these fiscal deadlines approach, we Democrats are standing strong. We’re standing together, and we’re sending a strong message to the House: We will not blink,” Schumer said. “Don’t make it part of your strategy that eventually we’ll cave. We won’t. We’re unified. We’re together. You’re not.”

Schumer said judging by the body language of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) “in their heart of hearts,” the GOP leadership wants to work with Democrats to “make the hard right irrelevant.”

“If you look at the body language and the faces of Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor, you know they know what they’re doing is wrong for the country and for their politics. And so if enough mainstream Republicans will come together with Democrats, we can make the hard right irrelevant,” Schumer said.

There have “always been extreme members of Congress, but they’ve been gadflies that come and go without much of an impact,” the senator said. “This group of extreme Republicans in the House isn’t just having an impact, they’ve been handed the keys to the Republican Party by a reluctant leadership.

“They’ve banded together and literally handcuffed Republican leadership, so they’re forced to pursue an extreme agenda that defunds or delays Obamacare,” Schumer said. He predicted that such an approach “would be devastating for the economy.”

“In case there’s any shred of doubt in the minds of our House counterparts, I want to be absolutely crystal clear: any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead, dead,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

As reported, Boehner said Thursday that the fight to defund Obamacare "has been won" in the House, but the fight in the Senate "is just beginning."

And Boehner would not entertain the suggestion that Senate Republicans think that the CR is not the way to defund Obamacare and the GOP will be blamed for a government shutdown.

The House plans to vote on a bill to fund all of government except for Obamacare.