Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Republicans had failed to show they are willing to compromise or offer any ideas for reaching a long-term solution. “If no budget passes and we cannot keep this country running, it will be clear which side will bear that burden,” the Nevada Democrat said.
And Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) blamed the far right for blocking a longer-term deal and urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to abandon the tea party. “In order to avert a shutdown, Speaker Boehner should consider leaving the tea party behind and instead seek a consensus in the House among moderate Republicans and a group of Democrats,” he said.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel responded by accusing Schumer of “cynically scheming for a government shutdown because he thinks it will help his political party.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., walks on Broadway after a Future Forum with young entrepreneurs in the Flatiron District of New York City, April 16, 2015. Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., also attended.