Now, less than two days after the government was shut down, more than 17 Republicans have said that they are ready to pass a “clean” funding bill — that is, one with no strings attached (in particular, no defunding of Obamacare, or other changes to health care reform).
Yes, that means that if Speaker John Boehner brought the latest Senate funding bill to a vote in the House, it would pass (presuming that all Democrats vote for it). After that it would easily pass the Senate and Obama would sign it, ending the shutdown.
So not only are a majority of Americans against forcing a shutdown unless Obama defunds Obamacare, but so are a majority of Congress critters. The only thing keeping the government shut down is John Boehner, who is kowtowing to a radical and dangerous faction in his own party, refusing to bring a clean funding bill to a vote.
Ironically, Boehner again blamed the shutdown on Obama, saying “They will not negotiate.” But the truth is that Democrats already compromised, lowering the funding amount to $988 billion as the Republicans demanded. But that was not enough. If the Republicans aren’t allowed to seriously harm health care reform, they just grab their toys and go home.
UPDATE: Obama has picked up this point.