WASHINGTON (October 7, 2013)--The U.S. Senate's top Democrat, Harry Reid, says U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has a credibility problem and in a statement is calling on Boehner to allow a vote on a straightforward bill to re-open the government.
Reid’s spokesman says Boehner is consistently saying things that "fly in the face of the facts or stand at odds with his past actions" and says Americans are suffering because Boehner won't "come to grips with reality."
A spokesman for Boehner responded that Senate Democrats should put aside what he says is their phony outrage.
The spokesman said the government is shut down because "Democrats refuse to negotiate."
Boehner has insisted that President Barack Obama must negotiate if he wants to end the shutdown, which is now in its second week, and avoid a default that could bring about a new recession.
The House and Senate returned to work Monday with no signs of progress toward ending the disputes over the shutdown and the debt limit.