It will be forever known as the Obama-Boehner cromnibus spending deal no matter what happens tonight.
Speaker John Boehner, well more than four hours after GOP leadership sent the House of Representatives into recess subject to the call of the chair because it didn’t have the votes to pass the 1,744-page, $1.1 trillion spending deal, remains defiant and won’t admit what many are already saying: He’s failed.
Boehner’s insistence upon trudging forward with this comes amid hardcore resistance from powerful leaders in both the Republican and Democratic parties, but he did find new friends in the White House. President Barack Obama is working to break Democratic opposition to the bill. Obama sent his chief of staff Denis McDonough to Capitol Hill to ask Democrats at a 5:30 p.m. conference meeting to support the bill. Republican leaders, according to Politico, say they need 40 Democratic votes to pass the bill.
Boehner, moving forward here tonight with this plan instead of abandoning it amid the bipartisan opposition from both conservatives and liberals, risks a government shutdown.
Sources close to the matter tell Breitbart News that there are “strongly credible rumors” indicating Boehner has abandoned Republicans to form a full fledged partnership with the Obama White House in an effort “to get the votes tonight from House Democrats and Republicans alike for the CRomnibus.”
“He believes he can get the votes without having to go to a full-CR or the defund-amnesty language,” sources tell Breitbart News.
Many conservative members have presented Boehner with a way out multiple times over the past couple of days. They’re offering up the idea of a short-term clean Continuing Resolution (CR) that serves as a stopgap spending measure until the new Republican majority takes over in the Senate. But Boehner is refusing to budge. He wants to work with Obama and outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
A top Democratic aide in the House told Breitbart News that despite Boehner’s and the president’s insistence on the current bill, the “vote math hasn’t changed” so the “legislation will have to.”