On day seven of the shutdown, President Barack Obama challenged House Speaker John Boehner to make the move to pass a clean funding bill. YNN's Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Michael Scotto has the story.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One day after House Speaker John Boehner said a no-strings-attached funding bill had no shot in the House, President Barack Obama challenged the GOP.
"If Republicans and Speaker Boehner are saying there are not enough votes than they should prove it," said President Obama.
The President and his fellow Democrats are increasingly convinced that a clean funding bill that doesn't touch the Affordable Care Act would get the 217 votes needed to pass the House, even without much support from the Republican majority.
In New York, every Democrat supports the move, including Republicans Michael Grimm and Peter King.
Republicans want the President to come to the table first and negotiate a plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling must be raised by mid-October, otherwise the country could default and send the economy into a tailspin.
On the House floor, Boehner said the President was to blame for the gridlock.
"The President's refusal to negotiate is hurting our economy and putting our country at risk," said Boehner.
The President has said he is willing to negotiate a long term budget deal, but only after House Republicans fund the government and raise the debt limit.
Democrats say the dynamic of the fight makes it likely that Republicans will blink first.
Senator Charles Schumer said, "I think the pressure on Speaker Boehner is going to be so great to not go into default that that will exceed the pressure that the tea party is putting on him to go into default."
For now, that doesn't appear likely as Boehner is holding firm that any deal will have to include concessions from the President.