October 3rd, 2013
08:15 AM ET

Rep. Van Hollen: "Reckless Part" Of Speaker Boehner's Caucus Responsible For Lack Of Clean Vote To Fund Government

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) blamed a “very hard, reckless part of his caucus” as the reason for why Speaker John Boehner has not called for a vote on a clean continuing resolution to fund the government and put a halt to the government shutdown, which is in its third day. He told “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan that “we have the votes” from Democrats and Republicans to pass a clean bill to end the “self-inflicting wound that the country doesn’t need.”

“And the reason [Speaker John Boehner] hasn’t had a vote… is because you have this very, hard, reckless part of his caucus that is driving the train. He is listening to them. And because of that small minority, he’s not letting the full people’s House have a vote. I mean that’s the way democracy is supposed to work. And so I talked to people of all political affiliations and they are totally confused about why the Speaker will not allow a vote. In fact, it turns out they actually changed the normal House rules to prevent us from bringing up a motion to ask for the vote. They put it in the hands of only the Republican leader. That is not the way the House is supposed to work.”

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  1. J.Gill

    What you are saying is that the inmates have in fact taken over the asylum. This only re-enforces the believe that the GOP has completely lost control.

    October 3, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply

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